Statute of Limitations
By definition, the statute of limitations is an enactment in a common law legal system that sets the maximum time after an event that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated. In more simple terminology, you have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit after an accident occurs. Essentially, you can’t decide that you want to pursue legal recourse for an accident that happened ten years ago.
Every state has different statutes of limitation for different forms of accident liability. Specifically, the state of Florida has a 4 year limit on negligence/personal injury claims including products liability. Florida imposes a 2 year limitation for wrongful death, medical malpractice suits, and other forms of professional malpractice.
It is important to note these statutes of limitation. Plenty of people are denied being made whole from their accidents because they just wait too long to consult an attorney. Often times, it takes several months to get all proper documentation to file a lawsuit. So, if your statute of limitation is approaching, you need to act sooner rather than later.
A detailed list of all of the statutes of limitations in Florida can be found here: http://www.statuteoflimitations.net/florida_statute_of_limitations.htm
So, if an accident occurs, be proactive. Don’t let the timing for a lawsuit to be filed creep up on you and challenge your ability to receive damages because of an accident.
As stated above, every state has different statutes of limitation. You must be cognizant of the statutes in order to ensure that your attorney can file suit in a timley fashion.
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