How much time do I have to file a case?

Every state has deadlines for the filing of lawsuits such as personal injury claims. The laws that stipulate these deadlines are called statutes of limitations. If an injured person fails to file the lawsuit before the deadline, then that person may lose the right to compensation.

In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is four years from the date of the injury. For claims against state or local governments, the time limit is three years. However, the time limit can sometimes also be affected by circumstances such as the type of personal injury claim.

There may be certain circumstances under which your attorney would recommend waiting to file a lawsuit, for instance if the full extent of your injuries has not yet been determined. However, under no circumstances should you delay contacting an attorney. Do not make any assumptions about how much time you have to file a lawsuit. There are important factors, such as the preservation of evidence, that make it important to have an experienced personal injury attorney handling your case from the beginning.