A delay in retaining a lawyer is not necessarily fatal as long as you don’t miss the statute of limitations deadline for filing a lawsuit. Still, it can hurt your chances in many other ways. The most obvious way you could ruin your options would be if you waited until a few weeks before the statute of limitations deadline to involve a lawyer, leaving your lawyer with little time to prepare an effective lawsuit.
Another way delay could hurt you would be if the evidence went “stale” – a witness’s memory fades, physical evidence deteriorates, a witness dies or moves out of town, etc. Hiring a lawyer is also a way to convince your doctor that you will eventually be able to pay your medical bills, even if you currently lack the financial resources to pay them.
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