Any time you’ve been involved in an accident, you can expect it to take at least a few weeks before you can be fully certain of the extent of your injuries. While you might be itching to get started with a personal injury claim, it’s important to gather as much information as you can about your injuries and damages before you move on it.
That being said, you still have a statute of limitations to consider. So when exactly should you file an injury claim after your accident?
Here’s a quick overview of what you should know.
Balancing haste with caution
Every type of legal case has statutes of limitations, and those statutes of limitations vary from state to state. In Florida, you have four years from the date of a car accident to file a personal injury claim.
This is a longer statute of limitations than many other states, which is good for you as a plaintiff—it gives you more time to focus on your recovery and to reach the point of “maximum medical improvement.” This term refers to the point in your recovery at which you have achieved the best results for your case. By then, you will have an understanding of the total costs associated with your case, from all of your hospital bills to the costs of extended rehab that followed, plus any counseling or therapy you may have needed to go through.
Now, just because you have four years to file a claim doesn’t mean you should wait that long to hire an attorney. In fact, talking with an attorney right away can help you ensure you don’t make any damaging decisions regarding your rights or your case in the ensuing months or years before you file the lawsuit officially.
For more recommendations regarding how to proceed with your personal injury lawsuit, contact an experienced accident attorney in Manatee County, FL at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.