Time limits can be harsh in any case involving a serious injury.
I just met with a union electrician about a workers compensation case he had. He was legitimately hurt on the job and reported it to his employer. He went to one of those "workers clinics" they sent him to. He told the doctor he had hurt his neck and back - the neck injury was more serious.
But the claim form he filed didn't indicate a back injury.
He got a lawyer who didn't specialize - he advertised for every type of case under the sun. That lawyer didn't amend the claim form in time to include the back.
Fast forward two years. The back had gotten worse. His neurosurgeon said he needed surgery and couldn't work. He is seeing a pain management specialist.
This electrician should be getting workers compensation benefits and getting his medical treatment covered, right?
Wrong. His claim (for the back) was filed too late. The Court said the statute of limitations meant he couldn't get any recovery for this serious back injury that happened at work.
That's why we publish books, reports and guides for consumers - to prevent this from happening. If you know someone with a legal issue or serious injury, have them call us and we can send them information that can help prevent this from happening to them.