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Time limits for bringing a personal injury claim


A personal injury claim for damages can be brought in a number of different circumstances and different types of accidents, including SUV accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents. What is important to keep in mind is that there are time limits in Oklahoma for bringing a claim for damages.

While a personal injury claim serves as protection for victims wrongfully harmed in a motor vehicle accident, there are time limits associated with bringing a claim for damages. These time limits are called statutes of limitations and are rules that govern the amount of time an injured party has to bring a claim for damages. If a personal injury claim is not filed within the prescribed time period, the injured victim will lose the right to bring the claim.

The statute of limitations may vary by state and may also vary by the type of harm the victim suffered. In some circumstances, commonly in cases of medical malpractice but in other situations as well, the statute of limitations begins when the injured victim discovers, or reasonably should have discovered, the harm. The statute of limitations in Oklahoma is two years, however, the law can be complex and variable so it is important to be familiar with the current laws governing a particular type of claim.

The personal injury claim process serves as a resource for victims harmed by the negligent or careless actions of others. While it provides protection and compensation for damages, it is important for victims to be familiar with the rules of the process so they can be aware of how to protect their rights and remedies when harmed.

Source: FindLaw, "Time Limits to Bring a Case: The 'Statute of Limitations'," Accessed April 12, 2016

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