Hernando County – If you or someone you care for has suffered a personal injury as a result of a car accident, motorcycle crash, slip, trip and fall or medical malpractice, the state of Florida places a statute of limitations on how long you have to file suit. In fact, every state has a specific set of laws regarding the time frame a person has to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. Failure to file a lawsuit within these specific time periods can prohibit you from making a claim regarding the injury matter in the future.
The following represents the Florida time limit constraints for filing an injury claim:
• Wrongful Death: 2 Years
• Medical Malpractice: 2 Years
• Auto Accident: 4 Years
• Slip, Trip and/or Fall: 4 Years
• Motorcycle Accident: 4 Years
• Bicycle Accident: 4 Years
• Truck Accident: 4 Years
• Negligent Security: 4 Years
• Dangerous or Defective Products: 4 Years
• Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claim: 5 Years
Keep in mind that there are numerous exceptions to these time frames for your personal injury case. In fact, depending on the situation, the statute of limitations may be longer or shorter. The time limit can be affected by a concept known as tolling. In general, this means that if a person does not become aware of an injury and could not have known about the injury until a later time, then the statute of limitations will not begin to run, or toll, until the date the victim learned of the injury. The statute of limitations can also be affected by where the accident actually occurred. If you were injured outside the state of Florida, you may need to consult with an injury attorney in the state you were harmed to best protect you rights.
Anyone hurt by someone else’s negligent or careless behavior should take action immediately. By waiting too long, you may be unable to recover damages for your losses. If you have been injured by someone else, or if you have any questions about the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact the Hernando County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-666-6666.