Anchorage AK Auto Accident Lawyer
Auto accidents can get complicated fast. Even though Alaska law requires all drivers to carry auto insurance, sometimes unforeseen problems arise. Damages may quickly rise above policy limits, insurers may deny claims, or the other party might not have insurance at all. This is why having an auto accident lawyer is crucial to getting total recovery for your damages.
Types of Auto Accident Injuries & How Can an Auto Accident Lawyer Help
According to the Mayo Clinic, auto accidents are the number 1 cause of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. Auto accidents are also the leading cause of fatal head trauma. Common injuries include, but are not limited to, concussions, lacerations, broken bones, dislocated joints, and damage to ligaments. Some injuries are easier to diagnose than others. For instance, while a broken bone will show up on an x-ray, injuries to the soft tissues will not be seen on an x-ray. Injury and damage to the soft tissues and ligaments, while difficult to find on an imaging study, can be tremendously painful and alter a person’s health for life.
How Long do I Have to Bring a Lawsuit?
In Alaska, there exist statutes of limitations. A statute of limitation governs when you must file a lawsuit or otherwise lose your right to seek relief. In negligence cases (like auto accidents), you generally have two years from the date of the accident to either settle your claims or file a lawsuit. As with many legal deadlines, there may be exceptions (such as cases involving minors or cases where the plaintiff didn’t know and didn’t have reason to know of a possible claim) that allow you to wait longer than the typical two year statute of limitation. However, you do not want to rely on any possible exception to the statute of limitation. There are also circumstances (like suing the federal government), where the time deadline is different — sometimes shorter. If you fail to settle or file a lawsuit within the statute of limitation period, it is likely that you will lose your ability to seek relief and collect damages for your injuries. Accordingly, it is very important to retain an attorney early. Waiting too long can seriously compromise your ability to find an attorney and compromise your ability to seek relief and collect damages. Generally speaking, you want to start the process as soon as possible. Evidence becomes stale and memories fade over time. Often times, the wrongdoer has an insurance adjuster working for him/her. The insurance adjuster will be working against you from the time of your accident. The longer you wait to retain an attorney, the farther ahead the insurance adjuster will be. Prompt action in contacting a personal injury attorney can make a significant impact on your case; and establishing a relationship with an attorney early can level the playing field.
Contact an Experienced Anchorage Auto Accident Attorney
The Robert Stone Law Office LLC handles all types of accidents including, but not limited to, automobile, motorcycle, airplane, ATV, snowmachine, bicycle, pedestrian, natural gas explosions, and wrongful death. The claims process for these types of accidents can be complicated, confusing, and overwhelming. Every claim is investigated and evaluated by the insurance company’s claims adjuster and/or attorneys. Often times there are numerous insurance policies at issue with different types of coverage and policy limitations. The wrongdoer’s insurance company is not always forthright in disclosing all available coverages. At the Robert Stone Law Office LLC, we investigate coverage issues and strive to find all available policies of insurance. Once Robert Stone Law Office LLC is retained, you need only concern yourself with your health and getting better. Leave the claims and legal process to us. We will deal with the adjusters, attorneys, medical providers, and medical collection services. Our representation does not stop at negotiations. We will litigate the case through trial towards a fair and just result.
Retain us today. We will handle your legal concerns so you can concentrate on getting better.