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After an accident or death of a loved one, when the grieving period passes, it may be time to focus on filing a claim against the party responsible for the harm done. If so, it is vital to do so within a specified time. 

Contact our Tallahassee, Florida personal injury lawyers by sending an online message or calling (850) 601-1111 today for a free consultation.

Florida Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Case

Generally, for a personal injury case, the statute of limitations in Florida is four years. The purpose of the statute of limitations is to preserve relevant evidence and ensure that each party brings their case to court on time. This way, a potential defendant doesn’t have to worry about indefinite litigation.

The filing deadline is crucial to a formal lawsuit and your position in settlement negotiations with the defendant and the insurance company. Plaintiffs who file a claim after the expiration of the statute of limitations will lose their legal right to file suit for compensation.

Wrongful Death

Regardless of the type of accident, the Florida statute of limitations for a personal injury case involving wrongful death is two years from the date of death. 

However, there are numerous exceptions that might toll or extend the statute:

  • If the wrongdoer dies during the pendency of a claim,
  • If the case arose from homicide or manslaughter, and 
  • If the other part is a government entity. 

These exceptions are complicated, so it is essential to reach out to an attorney and determine whether these exceptions apply to your case.

Medical Malpractice

For this type of claim, the statute of limitations is two years from when the patient either knew or should have reasonably known that a medical error caused their injury.

Medical malpractice claims are additionally subject to what’s known as the statute of repose. The statute of repose disallows any medical malpractice claim more than four years after the date of the incident, even if the plaintiff could not have discovered their claim earlier. The statute of repose can be extended beyond four years if the medical malpractice victim is a child, in which case, you will have until your child’s 8th birthday to file.

Statute of Limitations for Other Common Case Types

The Florida personal injury statute of limitations applies to many other case types, for example:

For automobile, motorcycle, bike, and pedestrian accidents, if the claim is against an uninsured motorist, the statute of limitations may be extended up to five years.

Many other types of cases, including workers’ compensation and boating accident claims, are also subject to the statute of limitations. If your case type is not listed here, your attorney can help you identify the appropriate statute of limitations.

Let Experienced Florida Injury Attorneys Help with Your Case

Statutes of limitations are complicated, so it is best to reach out to an attorney for help. The attorneys at Nonni Homola are fierce advocates who will handle your case with unmatched diligence. We were voted Tallahassee’s Best Law Firm by Tallahassee Magazine.

To schedule a free consultation with our firm, call (850) 601-1111 or send us a message on our website. 

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Mark continued his studies at Florida State University College of Law, graduating cum laude in 2008. While in law school, Mark was a member of the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law and the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, as well as a certified legal intern with the FSU Public Interest Law Center, where he assisted low-income clients with a wide range of family law issues. He also served as a law clerk intern to The Honorable L. Clayton Roberts of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal.

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