If you have been injured and are thinking of consulting a personal injury lawyer, hesitating could cost you your case. You could be running out of time. Statute of limitations put time limits on how long you have to file your personal injury claim. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., our consultations are free, so there is no risk to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers in the Columbia area.

Time Limits to File Your Personal Injury Claim

Every state legislature sets its own time limits that bar the filing of personal injury suits after a certain period of time has passed. They vary widely by state and can range from a few months to several years. These statutes of limitation are intended to encourage the injured party to raise their issues and seek compensation close to the time of the incident. So, for example, if you had an auto accident years ago, and the statute of limitations time has passed, the other driver couldn’t sue you now.

What this means for you is that if you are injured, you should consult a personal injury lawyer soon after your incident to avoid having your case barred by the statute of limitations.

A personal injury lawyer at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., will confirm the statute of limitations for your particular claim when you visit for your initial consultation.

Why It’s Important to Consult Our Personal Injury Lawyers Now

The strength of your case depends on the evidence we can gather and provide to the opposing party and the court. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to gather evidence and witnesses to support your case.

We have a much better opportunity to discover the information necessary to prove your case when we start investigating close to the time of the incident that caused your injury. For example, if we are interviewing witnesses, their memories and statements will be much more accurate just after the incident than they will be weeks, months, and years down the line.

If you think you may have a personal injury claim, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates to speak with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in the Columbia area. We also serve victims throughout South Carolina from our offices in Camden, Lexington, Sumter, Orangeburg, Aiken, and Newberry.