A statute of limitations is a legislative act limiting the time a person or entity can take legal action against a party who has wronged them. Basically, it protects potential defendants from unfair claims that have lost justification, evidence and relevance due to the passage of time.
The statute of limitations differs according to the jurisdiction and the nature of the criminal or civil offense. For personal injury lawsuits caused by negligence, the statute of limitations in Nevada is two years from when the victim sustained the injuries and not from when the accident occurred.
How does it affect personal injury victims?
Suppose you are a victim of another person’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing and suffered damages because of their actions or inactions. In that case, you have a legal right to recover compensation from them unless you miss the opportunity to do so because you were unaware of the statute of limitations in your jurisdiction. Therefore, you should act immediately if you believe you have a personal injury claim.
To determine whether you have a personal injury case, you must establish that the defendant owed you a duty of care and that you sustained injuries because they breached the duty they owed. Remember that every person is responsible for exercising reasonable care to prevent injuring others. When drivers drink and drive or break traffic laws, they violate their duty as drivers. In the same way, a property owner should keep their premises free from hazards so those visiting do not get into unnecessary accidents.
The hardest part is proving negligence
Determining whether you have a personal injury case is not as hard as proving that the other party’s negligence directly caused your injuries. However, you should not allow this to stop you from seeking justice and compensation for the pain they caused you. You can discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer who will investigate matters on your behalf and help you build a case.