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.