What Is the Time Limit on Personal Injury Clams in Florida?
Florida law imposes a time limit for personal injury claims known as the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is four years from the date of injury. If you are bringing a wrongful death claim, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death.
If you fail to file your case within the statute of limitations, you will almost certainly be permanently barred from pursuing compensation in court.
In certain circumstances, the law pauses or extends the statute of limitations. This is known as “tolling.” The most common basis for tolling the statute of limitations is called the discovery rule. This states that the statute of limitations does not begin to run until the claimant knows or should know through reasonable investigation of the facts and circumstances giving rise to his or her claim.
For example, if you are injured through exposure to toxic substances but do not experience symptoms for some years, the discovery rule may toll the statute of limitations until you discover (or reasonably should have discovered) that your injury was caused by the toxic exposure.
Another basis for tolling the statute of limitations applies to claimants who are under the age of 18. The law expands the limitations period to seven years or the standard limitations period, whichever is longer.
If you have a personal injury claim against the state government or a government agency, you must also be mindful of an additional notice requirement. If you fail to follow these notice requirements, you claim may be denied by the courts. Talk to our lawyers as soon as possible if you believe you have a claim against the state government or a municipal government.
How Our Lakeland Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help with Your Case
The Lakeland personal injury attorneys of Brooks Law Group can help you pursue your claim to seek the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Our attorneys can help with your case by thoroughly investigating the incident that caused your injuries, collecting the evidence that will be necessary to prove the liability of the other parties, and calculating the full extent of your losses.
While you focus on your physical and emotional recovery, our attorneys can build a solid claim and begin negotiating with the responsible parties to seek a fair settlement that provides full compensation for your losses. If a settlement isn’t possible, our attorneys have the experience necessary to take your case to court and persuasively advocate on your behalf to pursue a favorable verdict.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident in Lakeland
If you’ve been injured in an accident in Lakeland, there are certain steps you should take to protect your health and your ability to pursue a legal claim for compensation for your injuries. These steps include:
- Seek prompt medical attention, even if you don’t initially feel like you were hurt, since symptoms may take days or weeks to show up. Prompt medical treatment can improve the prognosis of your injuries and allow you to prove the extent and cause of your injuries.
- Contact the police, who can investigate the accident and provide important information that could be useful during the claims process.
- Collect insurance or risk management information from other parties involved in the accident.
- Take down contact information for eyewitnesses, if any, if you need to later contact them for their recollection of the accident.
- Take photographs of the accident scene, including the spot where the accident occurred, objects involved in the accident, and weather and lighting conditions.
- Contact a Lakeland personal injury attorney as soon as practical to begin the process of investigating your claim and contacting the responsible parties to start pursuing a fair and full settlement.
Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries in Lakeland
Examples of catastrophic injuries that personal injury claimants commonly suffer include:
- Broken bones
- Muscle, tendon, or ligament tears
- Joint damage
- Severe burns
- Internal organ injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Exposure to hazardous chemical, substances, or diseases
Directions to Our Lakeland Personal Injury Law Firm
Brooks Law Group has a law office conveniently located at 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 203, Lakeland, FL 33813.
- If coming from the north: Take U.S. 98 south, continue onto North Florida Avenue. Continue on Florida Avenue for approximately 5 miles, then take a left onto Commerce Drive.
- If coming from the south: Take U.S. 98 north, then left on East County Road 540A. Take a right onto Florida Avenue, then a right onto Commerce Drive
- If coming from the east: Take Interstate 4 west, then Exit 27 onto Polk Parkway (toll road). Take Exit 7 off of Polk Parkway, then a left off the exit onto Florida Avenue. Take a left onto Commerce Drive.
- If coming from the west: Take Interstate 4 east, then take Exit 27 onto Polk Parkway (toll road). Take Exit 7 off of Polk Parkway, then a right onto Florida Avenue. Take a left onto Commerce Drive.
Please feel free to contact our Lakeland office for directions from your location. Call or contact us online now to schedule a free claim review and consultation about your legal rights and options.