When you’ve lost a loved one, you need time to grieve, but what if your loved one was taken from you because of someone else’s carelessness? You and your family deserve justice through financial compensation, which should cover things like final medical expenses and the emotional toll this loss has taken.

But wrongful death cases have certain time limits. If you and your family have recently lost someone dear to you, you’ll need to watch the wrongful death statute of limitations for your state, which a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can help you understand.

Dealing with an untimely loss is painful, but you’ll need to act soon to get the compensation your family needs. This compensation could pay for your loved one’s final expenses and burial, so act now to get what you need to stay afloat during this difficult time.  

General Time Limits

If you’re filing any type of injury claim, you’ll need to watch out for the statute of limitations for your case.

Depending on where you live, you’ll have as little as two years to file your wrongful death claim. On the other hand, you could have as long as four years. Your attorney can advise you on the specific rule for your state.

The Discovery Rule

In some cases, it might have been some time since the death of your loved one, but during that time, you’ve discovered that he or she died because of someone else’s negligence. Now, the statute of limitations has almost passed. What can you do?

In many states, the discovery rule can give you the time you need. The discovery rule is observed to protect those who couldn’t have reasonably known about the negligence that caused their loved one’s death, so they couldn’t have known to file.

The rules vary by state, but generally, you can get the wrongful death statute of limitations extended if you can demonstrate that you didn’t know that someone’s negligence caused your loved one’s death.

An Attorney Can Advise You

Planning your claim and preparing for your day in court can take time. If you’re seeking compensation for your family member’s wrongful death, however, you can’t wait. Instead, talk to a lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates about the time limits on your case.

When you need help with the wrongful death statute of limitations in your state, call our attorneys for a free consultation. We’ll discuss the time limits on your case and show you how we can help. If you’re struggling to get the compensation your family deserves, reach out to us for help. To begin, simply call us at 1-800-404-9000 or fill out the online contact form below.