Indiana Personal Injury Statute Of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a law all states have that dictate how long an injury victim has to file a claim before they are no longer eligible to do so. In essence, this law is a time limit on how long you have to pursue compensation for your injuries. According to Indiana Code section 34-11-2-4, you have two years from the date you sustained your injury to file a personal injury claim.
There are some notable exceptions that can change this two-year time period. For example:
- Injury victims under the age of eighteen have two years from their eighteenth birthday to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs out
- Personal injury claims against a city or county have a much shorter statute of limitations of only 180 days
There are more circumstance that can change the amount of time you have to file, so it’s important to speak to an attorney about your case as soon as you can. Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Personal Injury Damages
While the specific amount of compensation you will be able to recover in your case will depend on the specifics of your individual case, the types of damages available in a personal injury claim are consistent across almost all cases. These types of damages are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages compensate the injured party for financial losses. These financial losses can include anything from medical expenses to missed days at work as long as the loss is directly related to the injuries you sustained. Non-economic damages, as the name suggests, compensates the injured party for non-financial suffering. These more abstract losses include things like pain and suffering, or mental anguish. The last type of damages, punitive damages, is different from the first two in that their main purpose is to punish the negligent party instead of compensating the injured party. Because of this, punitive damages are not often awarded in personal injury cases.
Should I Hire an Attorney for My Personal Injury Case?
Unlike insurance companies, the legal team The Cline Law Firm will act as true advocates on your side. Our firm is committed to working for your best interest every step of the way, while fighting for the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. Insurance companies, despite what they may say, are not looking out for your best interest. Being businesses at heart, they are primarily focused on what will save them the most amount of time or money.
Learn more about how we can help you today during a free consultation.