The state of Idaho has many applicable laws in cases of personal injury. The following are some of the laws which may be relevant to your case.
Deadlines on Injury Lawsuits- Idaho has a statute of limitations of two years, beginning from the date of the accident. Failure to file the claim within this time period results in the forfeiture of your right to have the matter heard in court. It is important to retain counsel as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline.
Comparative Fault- If the court finds that you are partially at fault for the accident, this rule can vastly reduce the amount you are allowed to collect in damages. If you are found to be more than fifty percent at fault, you will not be allowed to collect any damages at all. The damages are reduced by a percentage equal to your determined fault.
Auto Insurance- Idaho employs a “fault” system for any car accident. This means you have several options when filing your claim. You can file a claim with your insurance company or that of the other driver. You can also file a lawsuit to establish fault for the accident.
Liability for Injury Caused by a Dog or Other Animal- Idaho used the “one bite” rule. This means that the court will only find the owner liable if there was reason to believe the animal was dangerous before the incident.
Damage Caps- Idaho caps “non economic” damages at $250,000. This means that punitive damages such as pain and suffering are strictly limited to that amount. Economic damages include items such as lost wages and medical bills, and are not capped.
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