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How Long After an Accident Should a Family Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer?

by | Nov 22, 2017 | Accident Injury, Personal Injury

It’s never too late to hire a brain injury lawyer.

If you’ve been in an accident that resulted in a head injury, you may need to hire a brain injury lawyer to represent you and pursue your legal rights. But when do you need to speak with a brain injury attorney? The quick answer is as soon as possible. So even if you’re not sure if a brain injury lawyer is necessary, it doesn’t hurt to speak with one and determine what legal options are available.

When Do You Need to Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer?

You should speak with a brain injury lawyer as soon as you find it’s possible that a head injury is the result of the accident. But depending on the facts of the accident, the brain injury attorney you speak with may not be able to immediately determine if his or her services are necessary.

For example, medical information and accident reports may be necessary before a conclusion is possible. Also, you may not always know if you have a brain injury because the doctor may not immediately recognize the significance of the injury. So sometimes it takes a little bit of time before a brain injury is detectable by a medical professional.

But if this is the case, the brain injury attorney can help you gather the necessary information to fully assess your potential legal case. As the investigation into the accident matures and you continue to receive treatment, you can decide if you need to officially hire a brain injury attorney to represent you in a lawsuit.

Is it Ever Too Late to Hire a Brain Injury Lawyer?

Yes and no. It can be too late to bring a lawsuit if a certain deadline applies. This deadline is the statute of limitations. Almost every legal action has a statute of limitations deadline. If you don’t file a lawsuit before this deadline passes, then the ability to file the lawsuit no longer exists.

In personal injury cases, the exact statute of limitations depends on the state law that applies to the accident. In some states, this time limit may be three years. In Georgia, it’s generally two years. The statute of limitation “clock” will begin to run when the injury occurs or when the victim should have become aware of the injury.

If the deadline passes before the lawsuit begins, there is still some hope. This is because there are some exceptions to this statute of limitations rule. However, you’ll probably want the assistance of a trained legal professional to help you make a successful argument to the court that even though your lawsuit is late, it should continue through the court system. For this reason, it is never too late to hire a brain injury lawyer. You won’t know for sure if a statute of limitations exception applies to your case until you speak with an attorney.

Have questions about a brain injury lawyer? Connect with our legal team at the Wilbanks Law Firm, P.C. online now.