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How Long After a Florida Car Accident Can I Claim Injury?

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Florida, you generally have four years to file a claim, although important exceptions might apply in your case. It’s always best to file as soon as possible. At Kogan & DiSalvo, we think first about preserving your rights in a timely manner. That’s because we are a premier car accident lawyer firm passionate about fighting for injured victims and their families.

Our team of Boca Raton car accident lawyers is experienced in all aspects of personal injury cases. Further, we know every client is unique in their injuries and needs, and we work tirelessly to build a case. Our goal is a recovery that fits your needs and enables you to move forward in life.

Florida Law Limits Your Time to Claim an Injury

Florida Statute §95(3)(a) states that a negligence claim, the type of lawsuit you bring when you are injured in a car accident, must be brought within four years. However, Florida Statute §95(4)(d) applies when a loved one succumbs to their injuries, known as wrongful death. These cases must be brought within two years, whether death occurs during the accident, or your family member succumbs weeks or months later.

In addition, different time limits apply to accidents involving government entities. For example, if you’re in an accident with a state employee, agent or volunteer, you may sue, but special rules apply. The employee’s state agency and the Florida Department of Financial Services must have written notice of your claim within three years. Further, you may not file suit until the conclusion of a 180-day investigation by the state. Monetary recovery against the state is limited by statute. Requesting a more significant amount involves an application to the State Legislature.

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At Kogan & DiSalvo, we’re well versed in the subtle complexities of time limits for car accident cases. With so much at stake, it’s advisable to speak with an attorney to represent you as soon as possible–it is the best way to ensure you don’t forgo your right to file a car accident lawsuit. We leverage decades of experience representing personal injury victims throughout Southeast Florida. Call us now for a free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees.

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