In legal terms, a personal injury occurs when someone has been physically or emotionally injured or killed by a negligent or wrongful act of another. A personal injury claim is made by the harmed individual or family members seeking compensation for the harm done. There are many different types of personal injury claims, such as general negligence (a car accident), premises liability (when you slip in a restaurant), malpractice (typically medical-related), and dog bites.
Schenk & Podolsky can help you in all of these situations. Depending on the type of personal injury claim you have, and the person or entity against whom you’re making the claim, there are different statutes of limitations for filing.
For a claim involving injury to person, injury when death ensues, or medical malpractice, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. In some cases, you may not be aware that you were injured until later. In that case, the two year time limit starts on the date that you discover the injury. For claims against a city, county, or the State of Arizona or any political subdivision thereof, including school districts, cities, state agencies and departments, etc. and their employees, you are required to file a “Notice of Claim” within 180 days and to file a lawsuit within one year.
In the event that you’re bitten by a dog, the owner or person(s) responsible for a dog strictly liable for your injury or any property damage. The statute of limitations is one year after the incident occurred.
If you were injured and another party is at fault, you have rights and are entitled to collect damages, but the clock is ticking. Call Schenk Podolsky to speak to an experienced injury attorney today.