While it may seem unfair to victims to make it illegal to bring legal actions over personal injuries just because a certain date has passed, the concept of statutes of limitations actually make sense.

Two years, which Virginia generally recognizes as the statute of limitations for personal injury insurance claims and lawsuits, is probably too short. Still, asking a victim to come forward soon after a traffic crash, slip and fall, medical malpractice incident or injury from a dangerous or defective product helps ensure that evidence exists and memories can be trusted.

The fact that statutes of limitations exist means that anyone who believes they have a legitimate claim for the payment of medical bills, the replacement of lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering should explore their legal options with a Virginia personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later.