Any time that there is an automobile accident, it causes stress and complications to those involved. Hopefully, the stress is minimal, but sometimes injuries result that can lead someone to seek compensation for their injuries in the form of a lawsuit. This is fully within the rights of the injured individual, however, there are certain guidelines and time frames that one must follow. One of these rules if statute of limitation.
In the legal world, a statute of limitation is the time limit that one has in order to file a lawsuit for any given offense or, in criminal law, for the courts to press charges. In order words, if the statute of limitation has passed, the lawsuit or charges can no longer be filed. What does this mean for car accident claims? The statute of limitation dictates how long after the actual automobile accident that the injured party can file a lawsuit for injuries sustained in that accident.
Statutes of limitations vary from state to state. In the State of Florida, the statute of limitations for a car accident claim is four years. This means that you, after being injured in a car accident, have four years to file a claim. The exception to this law is if a person was killed in an automobile accident and a surviving family member is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver or party. In this situation, the statute of limitation in Florida is two years.
Even though this is the maximum time frame, a claim should still always be filed as soon as possible to increase the chances of winning the claim and associated compensation. When you file a car accident claim, it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney experienced in this kind of law to guide you through the process and ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. To learn more about how we at the Franco Law Firm can serve you in this role, please call us at (813) 872-0929 to schedule a free consultation us, in English or Spanish.