How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
According to Alaska law, you have two years to file a personal injury claim before the statute of limitations ends. If the statute of limitations does end before you file a claim, you will almost certainly lose your right to file and recover compensation. There are some exceptions that can change this two-year time period so it’s important to speak to an attorney from our firm about your case as soon as possible. Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting us today.
What Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
There are three main types of damages, or compensation, an injury victim can pursue when filing a personal injury claim. These types are economic damages, non-economic damages and punitive damages. Economic damages, as you would expect from the name, compensates the injured party for their financial losses associated with the injuries they suffered. This could be anything from medical expenses or missed days at work due to the inability to work. Non-economic damages, perhaps the most well-known of the damages, compensates the injured party for non-financial suffering such as pain and suffering, or mental anguish.
Both economic and non-economic damages seek to compensate the injured party for a loss, because of this they are known as compensatory damages. The only type of damages that seeks to do anything other than compensate the injury victim are punitive damages. Punitive damages serve as a financial punishment to the negligent party, because of this they are not often awarded.