After a serious car accident, your mind is probably primarily focussed on the recovery process and getting your life back on track. You might be toying with the idea of filing a lawsuit, but haven’t taken any steps to pursue it.
Well we’re here to tell you that the time to make a decision is now.
Many people are unaware that there are time limits to filing a car accident lawsuit in Florida. Failing to adhere to these time limits can greatly hinder your chance for receiving compensation for your car accident injuries.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was the fault of someone else due to his or her negligence, you have the legal right to sue for compensation to cover your medical expenses, property damage and other losses.
However, the state of Florida does have a strict statute of limitations for bringing these lawsuits to court. For car accidents, this statute of limitations is four years. This means that you have four years from the date of your car accident to file an official lawsuit for compensation.
What about Wrongful Death?
Unlike the four year statute of limitations provided for car accident injuries in Florida, car accidents that caused a wrongful death adhere to a different statute of limitations. If your family has suffered a wrongful death loss due to a negligent accident, the statute of limitations to file is reduced to only two years after the date of the victim’s death.
As stated above, the last thing on your mind after experiencing a serious injury or losing a loved one is filing a lawsuit. However, it’s very important to make sure you have the option of filing, especially if you suspect the accident was caused by another’s negligence.
In addition, don’t make the mistake of thinking you have plenty of time to decide whether or not to file a lawsuit. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove your case. Also, your attorney needs as much time as possible to prepare your case, so don’t delay any longer.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Lorenzo & Lorenzo are prepared to take control of all aspects of your case, letting you concentrate on recovering. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help.