Can You Leave the Country if You Filed a Lawsuit?
By Meaghan Olson
Your ability to leave the country depends on several different factors, including the nature of your injury, the advice of your attorney, the extent of your participation at trial, and your local court’s rules and regulations.
The statute of limitation rules may mean you must take quick action if you want to seek compensation for your injuries. This may mean that you need to adjust travel plans. However, if you are working with an injury attorney then the lawyer may take the lead on the case, leaving you free to go about your life.
If you are curious whether you can leave the country after filing your lawsuit, consult a local injury attorney for a free consultation by filling out the brief form below.
Leaving the Country if You Have Filed a Lawsuit
Your ability to travel outside the country during an ongoing lawsuit depends on a number of different factors. These factors determine the extent of on-the-ground work you’ll need to perform in the course of your lawsuit. They include:
- Will you be a witness? If you are going to take the stand in your case, you’ll certainly have to be on home soil for the trial.
- How much trial preparation will you do? If you are required to give depositions, or help your attorney gather evidence, you may not have a lot of free time to go on lengthy vacations. However, working with a personal injury attorney may mean less work for you to do both before and during your trial.
- Do local laws prohibit it? In certain cases, you may be required to stay in the country, or be present at court. This will vary by state law.
In addition, you may have heard that litigation takes a long time, though this isn’t necessarily true, especially if you reach a quick personal injury settlement with the other party.
So, if you’re planning to vacation during your personal injury lawsuit because you think your case will take several years to resolve, you may wish to consult first with your attorney.
Even if you do go jet-setting after you file a lawsuit, you will want to make sure that you stay in touch with your attorney. You may be free to travel, but staying close to a phone could help keep your case progressing.
Can You Leave the Country if You Have Been Sued?
Another common concern is whether a person can leave the country after being sued. This, again, is determined by a number of different factors, but it is more likely that your movements may be restricted by the court.
Also, if you are the defendant in a case you may need to be available to provide information and testimony. You may want to consult with an attorney for more information.
If, on the other hand, you are reluctant to file a lawsuit because of travel plans, remember that many types of personal injury claims have very strict statutes of limitations that limit the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after you are injured.
Statutes of limitations can throw a wrench in your plans, so you are best advised to check your state’s injury laws before delaying the filing of an injury lawsuit.
For more information on leaving the country after you file a lawsuit, contact a local injury attorney today.
The above summary is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For legal advice on your particular situation, contact a local personal injury attorney.