A statute of limitations is a law passed by a legislative body to set the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a typical car accident or slip and fall injury is four years but may vary depending on the injury.
The purpose of a statute of limitations is to prevent a potential plaintiff from threatening a lawsuit for an infinite period of time. Florida's statute of limitations law is complex. If you are unaware of how long you have to file an injury claim, The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky can help.
Florida Statute of Limitations Car Accident Exceptions
While most injury claims carry a four-year limitation period to file, Florida law does have a few exceptions.
If a fatality occurs in an auto accident, the family members only have two years to file a wrongful death claim. Florida law may also provide an extension to the four-year limitation period if the victim was a minor or is proven to have suffered a traumatic head injury that can affect decision-making.
How Soon Should I Hire a Lawyer After an Injury in Florida?
The four-year statute of limitations in Florida should not dictate when you hire a personal injury attorney. The first step after an injury is to seek out appropriate medical attention. Without this, your claim may be invalid or result in diminished case value. These are some simple mistakes you can avoid after an accident to maximize your personal injury claim.
The next step is seeking out a Florida car accident lawyer. The sooner you hire a lawyer after a car accident, the more time the lawyer will have to evaluate the claim, gather resources, and talk to witnesses to determine how strong your car accident claim is. The quicker you act and the more evidence you gather from the moment the accident occurs, the stronger your personal injury claim will be.
What Should I Ask a Lawyer in an Interview?
Never settle on the first personal injury attorney you speak to. When seeking out a Florida car accident lawyer, there are a few basic questions you should always ask. These include but are not limited to:
- Who pays the costs in my case?
- Will my case go to trial?
- What is my role in the case?
- What is my case worth?
The best way to maximize compensation and be protected after a car accident is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky will fight on your behalf while you recover from an injury. Contact us or call our office today at (561) 671-5995 to find out if we can help you. You can also download my book 'What The Heck is My Personal Injury Case Worth?' for free.