How Long Can You Sue After A Maryland Car Accident Injury? By Lonnie Greenblatt on March 23, 2022

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It’s always best to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after a wreck. Sometimes, however, you don’t realize how bad the trauma is until you suffer from stiffness, aches, and other life-altering symptoms. What if you settle too quickly and then end up out of work for months or needing expensive surgery?

How long you can wait to sue after a car accident is usually a hard, fast rule, but your best bet will be to contact an accident injury attorney to protect your rights and get the most accurate advice for your unique case.

Auto Accident Injuries With Delayed Symptoms

Adrenaline, shock, stress — there are many reasons you may not feel the extent of your injuries until days or even weeks later. Some car accident injuries have symptoms that mimic other chronic problems, so you can chalk them up to sleeping wrong or work stress.

Even if you feel your injuries are minor, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible after a crash and then get in touch with an attorney.

Common Delayed-Symptom Car Wreck Injuries

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Sprains, Strains & Contusions
  • Whiplash & Neck Injuries
  • Concussion & Headache
  • Back Injuries — Slipped Or Herniated Disc
  • Nerve Damage
  • Depression, Anxiety & PTSD

Statute Of Limitations In & Around Maryland

The amount of time you can wait to file your car accident claim varies from state to state. In most cases, the clock starts running down from the date of the accident. Because you may be in a wreck driving in Maryland or a surrounding state, we’ve collected data on the closest states in our region for your convenience.

Note: if your car crash case is against the government, you only have 1 year to file.

Maryland Area Statutes Of Limitations

  • Maryland — 3 Years
  • Pennsylvania — 2 Years
  • New Jersey — 2 Years
  • Delaware — 3 Years
  • Washington, DC — 3 Years
  • Virginia — 2 Years

Act Fast For Maximum Compensation

Even if you are within the statute of limitations for your state, you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to get medical and legal help. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can get better and get back to life. By acting quickly, you may convince the other party’s insurance to settle favorably.

On the other hand, putting off treatment can ultimately hurt you and your case. You also aren’t giving your car accident attorneys much time to prepare your case. Witnesses and evidence will be harder if not impossible to come by months later, not to mention three years later.

Maryland’s Discovery Rule

In Maryland, we have an exception to the typical statute of limitations. It’s called the discovery rule. Under this rule, the time you have to sue does not begin until you’ve noticed something is wrong. Unfortunately, this rule typically only covers harm from fraud, medical malpractice, and products liability cases.

You shouldn’t count on this type of exemption after a wreck unless you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run and are having a hard time locating and identifying the at-fault driver. Even then, contact a car accident injury lawyer to play it safe.

Minors & Incapacitated Persons

What about minors and incapacitated persons? After all, you can’t sue someone for injuries after a fender bender if you are a child or if you are an adult in a coma.

Maryland extends their statute of limitations until your child reaches the age of majority or until you are no longer incapacitated.

What If My Loved One Dies?

Wrongful death cases can also be subject to an adjusted statute of limitations. You may have three years from the date of the death of a loved one instead of the actual date of the car wreck that caused the death.

Protect Your Rights, Contact A Personal Injury Attorney

The clock is ticking. Don’t let time run out on your rights to get compensated for car accident injuries. We take the guesswork out of whether you can wait to sue by offering free personal injury case evaluations. Contact Greenblatt & Veliev, LLC for legal help in Rockville, Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

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