How long you have to file a lawsuit after an Orlando truck accident will rest on the details of your situation.
However, per Florida Statute §95.11, claimants typically have:
- Four years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit for damages
- Two years from the date of a loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death action
It is important to note that there could be exceptions to this statute. Even if you believe that the statute of limitations has expired on your case, you should still consider talking to a lawyer.
Exceptions to Florida’s Statute of Limitations
The time you have to file a lawsuit after an Orlando truck accident will be determined by the elements in your case. Some details of your accident may grant you additional time to act.
Per Florida Statute §95.051, some examples that could extend the state’s statute of limitations include:
- The party responsible for your collision fled the state.
- The party responsible for your collision concealed their identity, which hindered civil proceedings.
- The liable party was able to conceal themselves in such a manner that a lawsuit could not be filed against them.
- You were deemed legally “incapacitated” at the time of the accident.
There may be additional elements that could extend the statute of limitations in your case. However, in most situations, if you do not bring your case to court within the state’s deadline, you will be unable to file a lawsuit for damages.
A Lawyer Can Help You Resolve Your Case
When you work with a lawyer, they can handle many of the legal obligations that come along with pursuing compensation.
While you move through the financial recovery process, a lawyer can:
- Obtain and organize evidence
- Consult with field experts, including medical professionals and accident reconstruction specialists
- Complete all of the legal paperwork required to start and finish your case
- Estimate the cost of your collision-related expenses
- Negotiate a settlement with the involved insurance companies
- Represent you at trial, if settlement negotiations fail
- Advocate for your legal rights
Many lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they do not require any starting costs to begin your case. They get paid a percentage of the insurance settlement or court award they recover on your behalf.
A Lawyer Can Help You Recover Various Damages
After your truck accident, you are likely dealing with the financial burdens of the collision. When you work with a lawyer, they can review every aspect of your case so that you understand the monetary value of your losses.
Some recoverable damages in your case could include:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
If you are a qualifying representative filing a wrongful death claim, recoverable damages in your case could include:
- Your loved one’s end-of-life medical bills
- Funeral, burial/cremation, and memorial expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household benefits and parental guidance
Your lawyer may be able to identify additional compensable losses to the ones we have listed here.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
We provide responsive legal care so that you can focus on getting better. During your free initial consultation, we encourage you to share the details of the accident with us so we can determine how to assist you.
To get started, call us today at 1-407-500-4000.