Understanding the Statute of Limitations in Your Florida Personal Injury Case

When you are injured by someone else – whether you’re in a car accident, you slip and fall, or you are bitten by a dog, etc.- the amount of time you have to bring a claim is limited by what is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the maximum amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the responsible party or parties for your injuries. If you do not file a lawsuit before the time set by the statute of limitations expires there can be grave consequences. In short, if you miss the deadline, you waive your right to file a lawsuit and recover anything for your injuries.

The statute of limitations regarding personal injury claims in Florida has undergone a recent amendment. Typically, in Florida, you have four years from the date of an accident to file a claim. If the incident occurred before March 24, 2023, when the law became effective, you still have four years from the date of your accident to take legal action.

Due to this change, which became effective on March 24, 2023, the period to file a lawsuit has been reduced. If the accident date is after March 24, 2023, you only have two years to file a lawsuit.

Now that the statute of limitations has been reduced, we recommend filing your claim as soon as possible. Failure to meet the new deadline may result in your claim being denied.

If you have a question regarding the statute of limitations for your Florida Personal Injury Claim, you can contact the experienced Orlando Personal Injury Lawyers at Burns Sheppard Favors. We provide statewide representation for injury claims and would be happy to guide you.

Author Bio

Orlando Sheppard

Orlando Sheppard is a Co-Founder and Partner of Purely Legal, a multi-state personal injury law firm serving clients in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He handles a wide range of personal injury matters, including car accidents, bike accidents, dog bites, premise liability, slip and falls, and wrongful death.

Orlando received his Juris Doctor from Florida A&M University College of Law and is a member of the Florida Bar, the Maryland State Bar Association, and the Orange County Bar Association.

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