How long after an accident can you sue?
In the state of Florida, you have four years from the date of your slip and fall accident to file a lawsuit against the property owner. If you do not file within four years, you will miss the opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries. This deadline is listed under Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)a, which applies to nearly all personal injury cases filed in Florida’s civil courts.
However, Florida’s statute of limitations is merely a deadline, and in most cases, waiting almost four years to file a lawsuit can be damaging to your final settlement value. It’s also important to remember that four years is the limit to file a lawsuit—not resolve it.
Knowing when and how to file a slip and fall lawsuit depends largely on the facts of your unique case. You don’t want to file a slip and fall lawsuit too soon, as the extent of your injuries may not yet be known. If you wait too long, the legitimacy of your injury claims may be called into question.
Contacting an experienced slip and fall attorney will help you decide when to file your case. Usually, you want to wait sometime before filing a slip and fall lawsuit because you need time to recover and your attorney needs time to gather the necessary evidence and prepare a well-thought-out case that gives you the best chances of receiving appropriate compensation.