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How Long Do I Have After An Auto Accident Do I Have To File A Claim In Washington and Oregon?

If you have been in an auto accident, you have suffered a variety of damages. These damages can add up quickly, and sometimes you will also have future financial challenges because of the crash. You will have medical expenses and you will be unable to work while you are recovering. You may need medical care in the future, and you may have a future loss of earnings. 

To recover compensation to cover those damages you will need to file a personal injury claim against the driver of the other vehicle. If you can prove that the accident was the result of negligence, you can have a successful accident injury claim. However, your time to file a claim is limited. Each state has a strict statute of limitations for pursuing a claim. If you miss the deadline or wait too long to file your claim, you will not be able to recover compensation for your damages. 

The Statute of Limitations in Oregon

In Oregon, you have two years to pursue a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. This deadline is applicable to all personal injury claims pursued whether they were the result of negligence or claims that are the result of international tort. The date of the accident is when the time starts counting down. 

If you try to pursue a personal injury claim after the two-year deadline has passed, the defendant can point it out and will ask that your claim be dismissed. Unless there is a very rare exception that allows you additional time, their motion will be granted, and your claim will be dismissed. 

The Statute of Limitations in Washington

In Washington State, the statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury claim after a car crash is three years. The clock starts counting down on the date of your accident. If you miss the deadline – even by a day – your case will be dismissed, and you will not be able to recover compensation for the damages you suffered in the crash. 

You should consult with a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible after your car accident in Washington State, so you can make sure your claim is filed in a timely manner. Your losses can add up quickly and affect your entire family’s finances. Don’t wait until it is too late to file an accident injury claim. 

Consult With A Personal Injury Attorney

Schedule your free case evaluation with the Harlan Law Firm to discuss your personal injury claim options after a car accident in the Portland/Vancouver area. With the help and guidance of a personal injury lawyer, you are much more likely to have a successful personal injury claim and be fairly compensated for your damages.