Alaska Car Accident Lawyers
An auto accident changes your life in an instant.
The accident can cause devastating injuries that leave you overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated. The injuries affect every aspect of your life. You may not be able to go back to work until you heal, which means missed paychecks and less money to pay your bills. You may have expensive medical bills from doctor’s visits, prescription medication, physical therapy, or even surgery that you can’t pay.
On top of the financial difficulties, injuries severely impact your personal life. You may not be able to spend time with family or friends, you may not be able to participate in your favorite hobbies, and you may experience pain just going about your daily chores.
When the accident was clearly the fault of another driver, you should not be held responsible for it. There was no way to prevent it, and no way to plan for it. Not even the most prepared of people can foresee the future. Medical bills can drain your rainy day fund within days; insurance companies will not always reimburse you for those bills and are even less likely to pay back all of your lost wages. Your time in the hospital comes with an enormous price tag; it also costs you all the time away from your job. You’ve been responsible in insuring your car, driving defensively, and saving money in an emergency fund, but what happens when that’s not enough?
How Long After an Accident Do I Have to File a Claim?
Generally speaking, the Alaska statute of limitations for personal injury is two years. That may be subject to modification depending upon the age of the person injured. If you are a minor, you can have an extension of that statute of limitations until essentially the minor child reaches the age of 20.
Don’t Wait to Contact an Attorney
No one should wait until that very last moment that any statute of limitations might expire. It is important to understand what the statute of limitations is because if you don’t comply with it, your valid claim is deemed legally stale and it would be dismissed as in violation of the statute of limitations.
There is case law in Alaska, however, that if a minor is injured and their parent is also injured in the same incident, that the minor child statute of limitation may also be restricted to two years because the parent of that minor was also injured in the same incident.
The sooner an attorney is contacted and a claim is filed, the easier it will be to pursue that claim. Evidence will be easier to obtain, and there is a much better chance you will get a fair result and full compensation.
Why Call Us?
We are lifelong Alaskans.
At Ringstad Law Office, P.C., we don’t work for insurance companies, and we certainly don’t work for the big corporations. We work for people like you: those who have been injured or lost a loved one because of another person’s carelessness. We are dedicated to helping the people in our community get through difficult legal issues.
We have more than 35 years of legal experience practicing in personal injury and wrongful death law. Our firm handles these cases exclusively, which gives us the experience needed to successfully help our clients resolve their cases.
Our firm understands that a tragedy, such as an accident-related injury or the loss of a loved one, can leave you feeling confused, frustrated, and even helpless. The legal process and the insurance claims process are complex, and it can feel impossible to navigate by yourself. We want to help you resolve your case, get the compensation you deserve, and find peace of mind.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, we can help you.