Imagine that you are caught up in a major motor vehicle accident. It wasn't your fault. Someone else's negligence or recklessness was to blame. In this particular case, you seem to luckily have been spared. You walk away from the scene without any apparent injury. But then, over time, you find that you are suffering from health conditions that weren't there before.
After a lot of visits to your doctor, and maybe even after some time in the hospital, it turns out that all of your problems were the result of that accident. Is it still possible to file a personal injury lawsuit in a bid to obtain compensation for all the physical, emotional and financial damage you endured? The answer is that it depends.
Every state has its own laws regarding deadlines for when suits can be filed. In Connecticut, depending on the type of claim, the statute of limitations draws the line at either two or three years. Specifically for an injury to person, the time limit for filing a claim is two years.
This is brought to mind by word that five lawsuits have been instigated in just the past week in connection with the Metro-North derailment. That tragedy occurred on May 17, 2013, so with the two-year statute of limitations running out, individuals are looking to get their claims on the record.
More than 70 people suffered injuries in that crash. Two commuter trains ran into each other. An investigation concluded that a piece used to join sections of rail together had cracked.
Reports say more than 30 suits have been filed so far. The latest ones allege negligence on the part of Metro-North in how it maintained the tracks.
So, if the hypothetical accident we mentioned at the start of this entry happened in the last two years, a claim might be viable. Consulting with an attorney is the best way to assess your options regarding loss recovery.
Source: MyRecordJournal.com, "More than 30 lawsuits filed over Bridgeport rail accident," Associated Press, May 7, 2015