Statutes of Limitations: How Long Do You Have to Pursue Your Case?

by | Aug 19, 2020

The answer is, it depends on what type of case you have. Is it a car crash, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability or slip and fall case? Deadlines known as the Statute of Limitations do not make it simple for the person who was hurt to pursue their legal rights. For example, in a car crash case you have four (4) years from the date of the crash to sue the at-fault driver. If you have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage on your own car insurance policy, you actually have five (5) years from the date of the crash to sue your own insurance company for the benefits.It assumes, of course, you have either recovered all of the money from the at-fault driver’s insurance or the at-fault driver does not have liability insurance at all. To make it more confusing, in a scenario where someone is killed in a car crash, the survivors will only have two (2) years from the date of the crash to file a lawsuit. Now, to really blow your mind what if you were hit by a resident of another state or if you were visiting another state when your were hit? Louisiana and Kentucky, for example, have one (1) year limit for Statutes of Limitations for general personal injury cases and many states have a 2-year strict Statute of Limitations deadline. So, as you see, from what appears to be a simple car crash scenario, there could be many different deadlines you have to face or your case will be PERMANENTLY BARRED! Florida Medical Malpractice cases have a two (2) year Statute of Limitations for a lawsuit to be filed against the negligent medical provider. When this two (2) year Statute of Limitations starts to run however, is a very, very significant legal issue in medical malpractice cases. In addition, there are very rare and limited extensions in medical malpractice cases that could allow a lawsuit to be filed even after this two (2) year period expires.

The importance of this article is to emphasize the huge discrepancies in Florida’s laws, and the laws of other states, that could permanently bar your ability to receive the appropriate justice for yourself or your loved one. All too often people are permanently hurt or killed by negligent drivers, negligent store owners, negligent doctors and negligent products. Don’t let Florida’s laws, or the laws of other states allow those responsible for these life changing events to get away with the harm caused to you, your family, your friends or anyone you know and care about. This is why our firm is here, to help you and anyone hurt by the negligence of someone else. To protect your rights and your case, call our office right away so we can make sure your case is not barred by Statutes of Limitations. 1-800-332-1992


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