The time following a serious injury can be incredibly stressful. You may be undergoing extensive medical care, struggling to pay bills due to lost wages, and suffering physical or emotional distress for days, months, and even years following the incident. As a result, pursuing legal recourse against the party responsible for the injury may not rank high on your priority list. However, failing to do so in a timely manner could rob you of your right to seek retribution.
Florida’s Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury
Like all states, Florida has a personal injury time limit for taking legal action. That time frame is governed by the statute of limitations, which in Florida is four years from the day the accident occurred. If you do not file a lawsuit in civil court within that period, the likelihood that a judge will hear your case is slim. That said, all cases are unique, and thus there are exceptions to this rule. Though uncommon, if your injury did not become apparent until years after the incident (as could be the case with some rare head injuries), you may be able to have the personal injury timeline extended to seek justice.
When to Act
While it is true that you have four years to pursue a personal injury case, waiting to do so is rarely advisable. If you believe another individual is at fault for your injury, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Depending on the specifics of the case and your unique situation, he or she will make a recommendation for if and when you should take legal action. If your injury requires extensive medical care that is not yet completed, your attorney may advise that you wait until you have received all necessary care to ensure the full amount spent can be recovered. However, if you cannot afford to obtain that care, suing immediately may be advisable. The ideal course of action will depend on your particular case.
If you were injured due to the negligence of another individual, our personal injury attorneys are here to help you seek justice. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation before it’s too late.