Maybe you were hit by a car when you were trying to cross a busy street – or maybe you were bitten by your neighbor’s aggressive dog. Either way, you’ve got some significant injuries and some significant hospital bills. You’re also likely to be off work (and out of a paycheck) for a while.
What do you do now? A personal injury claim is probably an option – but only if you act before the statute of limitations expires.
A statute of limitations is the period within which you must file a lawsuit. Generally, most injury victims try to negotiate a settlement on their claims without resorting to litigation, but that’s not always possible – and each state puts a time limit on how long plaintiffs have to take definitive action and begin a court case.
At four years from the date of injury, Florida’s statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits is fairly generous.
There are a few different reasons the courts decided that statutes of limitations are necessary. They include:
If you’ve been injured, don’t let the insurance company get the better of you. You have a right to protect your interests and obtain the compensation you are due.