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What are the Statute of Limitations of a Personal Injury Claim?


Hi, I’m attorney Mike Hancock with Hancock Injury Attorneys and we’re going to discuss something called the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is simply the time limit that you have to file a lawsuit against the appropriate defendant in a personal injury claim.

In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in the appropriate county against the appropriate party. If you do not file the lawsuit within the appropriate time, you will forever lose your right to do so. So, in Florida, the applicable statute of limitations is four years from the date of your accident to file the appropriate lawsuit in in court.

Now, there are a lot of things that are done before the lawsuit is filed. We may go four to six months or four to eight months before we ever end up filing a lawsuit. What we try to do before filing a lawsuit and in every single case is an attempt to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf. But, the simple answer to: “What is the appropriate statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Florida?” is that it is four years.

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