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Q: If an individual is involved in an automobile accident that results in severe injuries, which leaves them in a coma, can he/she still file a lawsuit after they awaken or will the statute of limitations have expired?

A: This is a very rare exception that may extend the statute of limitations for a particular accident. In most states, an individual is considered incompetent while in a coma and is incapable of pursuing legal action. The clock will begin ticking, however, as soon as the victim awakens and realizes what has happened to him/her. The best way to handle this situation would be to contact an attorney who specializes in severe personal injury cases and/or auto accidents.





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