The state of Arizona has a statute of limitations that impacts all personal injury claims or lawsuits. The law clearly states that any adult who has been injured in an accident caused by the negligence, neglect or the intentional wrongdoing of another has the right to seek damages from the liable party to help cover the costs of medical expenses, physical therapy, lost income, pain and suffering, and some other forms of damages. There is a specific time frame in which these types of claims must be filed. If an insurance claim or lawsuit is not filed within 2 years of the injury, the individual will then forfeit his or her right to seek compensation. The same does not hold true for injuries to minors.
Any individual under the age of 18 is not affected by the statute of limitations while he or she is still a minor in the eyes of the law. The statute of limitations will not begin until the minor has turned 18, at which point he or she has 2 years in which to file a claim or lawsuit to seek damages. This means that if a minor is involved in a serious accident at the age of 15, there are 5 years to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party. Minors are far more likely to suffer serious, life-threatening injuries in auto accidents and other types of accidents. Extra caution must be taken to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident, determine who or what is responsible for causing the accident and whether there will be any long-term effects on minor victims.
If you have a loved one, under the age of 18, who has suffered catastrophic or life-threatening injuries in a personal injury case, we advise you contact The Watkin Law Office, PC at once. We have extensive experience protecting the rights of children who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of an auto accident, drowning accident,
dog bite or other type of incident.
We understand the emotional and physical pain that can be associated with these types of cases and we work diligently to pursue fair compensation. We are dedicated to providing injured victims with compassionate, understanding and effective representation. We have faced off against many insurance companies and are very familiar with the tactics they employ to attempt to deny a claim or offer a settlement far below what is deserved. Contact The Watkin Law Office, PC and schedule to meet with our Scottsdale personal injury lawyer at once.