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How Long Do I Have to File My Car Accident Claim?

A lawyer explains what to do next when dealing with the insurance company

It's important to take action promptly if you've been injured in an accident. Your right to pursue compensation may be affected. The Florida Statute of Limitations dictates the length of time you have to initiate legal proceedings. Don't wait until the last minute.

The following are some general statute of limitations guidelines for Florida (talk to an attorney about your specific circumstances):

  • Personal injury - 4 years
  • Medical malpractice - 2 years from the date of the act giving rise to the injury
  • Libel, slander or defamation - 2 years
  • Product liability - 4 years

The reason states have Statute of Limitation laws is because evidence is lost, memories fade and people want to get on with their lives over time.

Statute of Limitations and 'tolling'

Sometimes, the law allows the Statute of Limitations to be paused or delayed, in order to give the victim more time to obtain restitution. This is referred to as "tolling," which may occur for cases involving injuries to children, or if the victim is mentally incompetent.

For more information about how the Statute of Limitations may apply to your specific circumstances, don't hesitate to contact an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer.

David J. Glatthorn is an experienced attorney in South Florida who knows how to get the job done for clients. Contact us today to discuss your circumstances and learn about your rights.

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