If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida, you will want to familiarize yourself with applicable state laws. All personal injury lawsuits are subject to different requirements for filing deadlines. Known as the statute of limitations, these deadlines tell you how long you have to claim compensation for your injury.
In order to file a lawsuit in a Florida civil court, you will have to meet the state’s statute of limitations guidelines. Florida requires different deadlines for different case circumstances. Claimant age, type of injury, and nature of accident can all impact your case’s statute of limitations.
For most personal injury cases in Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. However, you may not know about your injuries until well after the accident. For example, if your employer exposes you to a toxic substance in the workplace, you may not develop symptoms for months or years after the incident. Even after the discovery, you may not associate the injury with the incident until later. In these cases, Florida law can extend your window for filing a lawsuit.
Florida has separate statute of limitations requirements for medical malpractice cases. Medical malpractice lawsuits involve negligence by a medical professional. It can occur through misdiagnosis, improper treatment, botched surgeries, and many other harmful actions. Medical malpractice lawsuits are subject to more complicated statutes of limitations.
If you do not file your personal injury lawsuit within the statute of limitations timeframe, it is unlikely that the court will hear it. If you believe that you are eligible for an extension, speak with a personal injury attorney.
If you are still within the statute of limitations for your personal injury case, speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you pass the statute of limitations, you lose the chance at gaining compensation for losses suffered during the accident:
If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit, hire an attorney. Your lawyer will support you from consultation to settlement so that you can focus on recovery, not the litigation process.
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