In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a civil lawsuit, otherwise you may lose the opportunity to have it heard by a court. If the claim is against a city, county, or state government, the statute of limitations is three years. Certain types of accidents, such a boat accident in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, may have a shorter statute of limitations.
Note that the deadline may be extended in cases where you do not discover the injury until a period of time passed.
To win your case, you must prove carelessness or negligence by the opposing party and the such negligence caused your injury. The big exception is car accidents as Florida is considered a no-fault state. In Florida, all drivers are required to carry a personal injury protection (PIP) policy, covering a minimum of $10,000 per person per. A drivers own insurance is responsible for paying his or her damages, regardless of who is at fault unless the injuries are serious meaning there is
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
Here at Hines and Associates, we take all personal injury cases on contingency, which means we do not charge anything to handle your case. Instead, we only get paid a percentage of any proceeds if we win your case. Call us now at 813-815-0291.