Statute of Limitations for Birmingham Wrongful Death
A law establishing the time limit within which a lawsuit must be brought is called a statute of limitation. Different types of cases have different statutes of limitation. Knowing which statute of limitation applies is critical, since if a lawsuit is not brought within the time limit that applies to the case, the right to sue and recover damages is forever lost. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in Alabama is two years from the date of the death. It is critical that you contact an attorney immediately after the death of a loved one to determine the exact date from which the statute begins to run. At The Walker Law Firm, we make sure to explore all aspects of your case as soon as possible to ensure that no claims are lost as a result of untimely action.
Measuring the statute of limitations for a particular situation can be a complex issue. The time usually begins "to run" at the time the death occurs. However, if a person suffers a hidden injury that ultimately leads to death, the discovery rule may apply. Under the discovery rule, the time begins to run from when the person bringing suit knew, or by the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known, that their loved one's death was caused by the defendant's negligence.
In all matters involving Birmingham wrongful death, it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. If a loved one has been the victim of wrongful death, call the Birmingham wrongful death lawyers at The Walker Law Firm now at (877) 925-5373 or SUBMIT A FREE CASE EVALUATION. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if our Birmingham wrongful death attorneys agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a Birmingham wrongful death lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.