It can be difficult to comprehend the fact that you need a lawyer. You might think you can work things out on your own. You might think that if you ignore the problem, it will just go away. In the real world, though, there are very real consequences for failing to engage legal help early on. If you don’t get help quickly, you might find that you no longer have anywhere to turn for help – and that your chance to put your life back together is gone.
Statute of Limitations
Perhaps the first thing you’ll run into when trying to seek legal aid long after you’ve been involved in an incident will be the statute of limitations. Outside of a few notable cases, the law is very clear that time erases the ability to pursue certain kinds of action. If you weren’t attempting to bring a suit, it’d be easier to understand why this should be so – after time goes by, it’s just not fair to bring up an incident again. It’s what stops people from waiting decades to sue for an injury, and it’s what might stop you from being able to bring your case.
The problem with the statute of limitations is that it begins to toll at different times. If you were involved in a car accident, for example, the statute might toll as soon as you report the accident. In other situations, the statutory period might not start until you discover an injury. In any case, you will only have a limited window in which you can pursue any kind of action.
Breaking Down Evidence
Of course, there are issues that can still be problematic even if you bring your suit within the statute of limitations. While you may remember the day of your injury or incident like it was yesterday, the same cannot be said for the rest of the world. In fact, it’s safer to say that things begin to fade from memory the second that your problem happened – and if you don’t act fast enough, you’ll find yourself trying to reconstruct a series of events that the world can’t remember.
Eye witness testimony isn’t that reliable even when it first happens, and it can be even worse if you let a few months – or years – go by. Certain types of physical evidence also start to break down over the course of days, and you might find that something you needed to prove your case just doesn’t exist any longer. Whether you’re looking for tire tracks that have been washed away by the rain or a document that has long since been deleted, you might find that waiting to seek out legal aid is the only thing that stood between you and being able to easily prove your case.
Real World Problems
Of course, not all problems are going to revolve around the law. Waiting to seek out legal helps means that you are going to wait to solve your problems. That means injuries can pile up, medical bills can multiply, and you might find yourself losing money every day. While you can certainly seek out help, you can’t really get restitution for those issues that you failed to resolve on your own. You can’t just sit and let injuries pile up – you have to make an effort to solve the problems, and that effort might have a negative impact on your life. When you fail to contact legal help early enough, you’re really putting yourself at risk for failure.
Don’t let yourself wait to long to get help from a good lawyer. Not only may you miss out on your chance to bring a suit entirely, but you might also miss out on the opportunity to improve your own life. It doesn’t matter if you are bringing a suit or you are being named in one – you need to make sure you get help as soon as you are aware of the problem. Only with good legal help can you being to really look at your options. Even if you choose not to go through with using an attorney, it’s better to make that decision after talking to a trained professional and learning about the possible consequences.
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