Florida Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases

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Florida personal injury attorney Paul A. Meissner, Jr. weighs in on the importance of understanding the legal limits for filing a claim

Paul A. Meissner, Jr.

Personal injury law protects those who have suffered an injury that was caused by another person’s negligent behavior, such as recklessness, carelessness, or failure to follow safety measures.

All states have legal time limits for filing a civil claim in the court system, known as statutes of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is four years from the date of the accident.

“Statutes of limitations are very important and should not be overlooked,” said personal injury attorney Paul A. Meissner, Jr., co-founder of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. “If you have been injured in a slip and fall, a car accident, or any other type of incident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.”

Personal injury law protects those who have suffered an injury that was caused by another person’s negligent behavior, such as recklessness, carelessness, or failure to follow safety measures.

“The plaintiff in a personal injury case may receive compensatory damages for medical expenses, loss of income, property loss, pain and suffering, and emotional distress resulting from the injury,” said Attorney Meissner. “But the claim must be filed in the court system before the four-year deadline runs out, otherwise the courts can refuse to hear your case. Furthermore, missing this deadline means you will have lost your opportunity to recover damages for your injuries.”

The state of Florida has identified several different factual scenarios that may serve to extend or pause the statute of limitations deadline of four years for personal injury cases. Those who have suffered personal injury should consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss the particular circumstances of their case.

To learn more about your rights under personal injury law and the process of filing a claim in the Florida courts, contact the personal injury attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. Located in Clearwater, Florida, the law office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. has been serving the Tampa Bay area community for over 46 years. Innovative practice and proven litigation skills make the firm Tampa Bay’s premier legal team, with a proven track record of success and a reputation for excellence. For more information about Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A., visit the firm website at CarlsonMeissner.com or contact the office directly at 877-728-9653.

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