How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit in Florida?
Injury victims typically have up to four years to file a civil lawsuit and demand compensation. There are times when the statute of limitations will be different.
For instance, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims are subject to a two-year window. You could have more time to take action if the victim is a minor. But, one thing always remains true: you lose the right to recover compensation if you miss the deadline that applies to your case. Contact our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers as soon as you can so that we can get your claim.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency, which means that there is no up front cost to hire them. Instead, they get paid if and when they win on your behalf. While it varies, lawyers typically charge between 33.3 and 40 percent of your compensation. Ultimately, the percentage will depend on the type of case you have, its degree of difficulty, and how much experience the lawyer has in the court.
Florida Personal Injury Laws
In Florida, anyone who contributes to an accident can be held legally and financially responsible for the consequences. This includes individuals who get hurt.
Under the state’s pure comparative negligence system, sharing fault for an accident means that:
- Your damages will be reduced, and
- You will be partly responsible for others’ injuries.
Your responsibility will be directly related to the degree of fault that’s allocated to you. If you’re assigned 25% of the blame, your damages will be reduced by 25%. At the same time, you will be 25% liable for damages sustained by others in that accident.