A slip-and-fall accident often happens in the blink of an eye. However, recovering from the damages suffered in these accidents typically takes much, much longer. Because of this, it can be tempting to put off exploring your legal options until you have completely healed from the accident.
Unfortunately, you could be making the situation worse by waiting too long. In fact, there are three reasons why it can be best to take action sooner, rather than later.
- Your injuries may never fully heal. In other words, if you are waiting until you are back to 100 percent to tackle the legal aspect of your accident, you could be waiting indefinitely. Chronic injuries like back and neck pain are also expensive to treat, like severe injuries, which makes compensation that much more important.
- There is a statute of limitations in place. In Pennsylvania, you have two years to file a civil personal injury lawsuit. The clock starts ticking on the day you are injured.
- Evidence may become unavailable over time. Witness’ memories can fade, or they can decide they don’t want to participate in the legal process so long after an accident. Similarly, property owners can remedy whatever condition caused your fall, making it difficult or impossible to confirm it existed in the first place.
For these reasons, it can be crucial to act fast if you or a loved one is injured in a slip-and-fall accident. Treating your injuries and regaining a sense of normalcy should certainly be your top priorities, but do not let them cost you the compensation you need and deserve.
To learn more about your legal options and the various things you need to do to pursue damages after an injury-causing falling accident, it can be wise to consult an attorney as soon as possible.