If you suffered injury from another person’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, in the interest of justice, that entitlement does not last a lifetime. A doctrine of law called the “statute of limitations” puts a legal deadline on your options.
In personal injury law, the deadline applies to all kinds of injuries, which is why it is essential to take action as soon as you suffer damages due to the carelessness of another party.
Statute of limitations in Nevada
In Nevada, the law places a two-year deadline on most kinds of personal injury claims, such as slip-and-falls or vehicle accidents. This means, in effect, that you have almost two years to negotiate a settlement, after which you need to formally file a lawsuit. (It does not mean that you cannot still end up negotiating a settlement after you file, but the lawsuit must be filed within those two years to preserve your rights.)
There are some exceptions. Wrongful death claims in Nevada also have to be made within two years of occurrence. Claims arising from medical malpractice have a three-year window (or one year after the injury was discovered or should have been reasonably discovered). Special considerations are extended to minors regarding these legal deadlines.
Protect your rights following a personal injury
As earlier stated, you deserve compensation for injuries resulting from another party’s negligence. Therefore, it may be advisable to pursue justice as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that the damages you suffer may extend beyond what is physically visible. Being aware of the scope of injuries you suffered and their compensation will ensure a more desirable outcome of your case.