All states place limitations on how long you have to file a lawsuit for personal injuries you have suffered. Our Miami personal injury lawyers explain that the main reason for this is to ensure that only valid claims are brought for actual injuries suffered. For example, if you are involved in a car accident and believe you suffered a neck injury as a result of the accident, you shouldn't be able to bring a lawsuit ten years following the accident, because enough time has passed that other events or occurrences may have been the cause for your neck injury. These limitation laws, called "statutes of limitations," provide individuals with ample time to discover their injuries and file a lawsuit against any responsible parties.
In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is four years. This means that you have four years from the date you were injured to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. The list below includes, but is not limited to, common personal injury claims that fit into the four-year rule:
• Car Accident Cases, including minor injuries as well as fractures, brain trauma and spinal cord injuries;
• Slip and Fall (Premises Liability) Cases;
• Motorcycle and truck accidents