In a personal injury car accident claim, do I need to have settled my claim in full by the 3-year deadline, or just submit my demand letter before then?

Asked on April 5, 2015 under Personal Injury, Colorado


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You need to file your lawsuit by then, assuming that you have not in fact fully settled the case. Failure to file the lawsuit in time means that you might be precluded from filing a case--which in turn means that the other side could simply ignore your claim, since you'd have no ability to get a judgment in your favor. A demand letter is not enough.

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