Personal Injury Lawyer
Did you recently get hurt because of another party’s negligent or reckless behavior? Did someone you love suffer serious injuries because of someone else’s error or harmful act? You may be eligible to file a personal injury claim in order to seek financial compensation for your losses. The dedicated lawyers at Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC have been assisting injury victims and their families in Florida for years and can speak with you today about the options that are available to you.
What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is a relatively broad area of the law that allows an injury victim to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible party to seek financial compensation for damages. Most personal injury lawsuits are based on a theory of negligence. This means that the liable party did not have to intend to cause harm, but caused injuries to the plaintiff as a result of a negligent act or omission. In some situations, personal injury claims also can be based on a theory of strict liability in which the defendant does not even have to be negligent to be responsible. Rather, there are certain types of injuries in which a defendant is strictly liable.
At Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC, we handle a wide variety of personal injury claims, including but not limited to the following:
- Bicycle accidents;
- Boat accidents;
- Car accidents;
- Class action lawsuits;
- Cruise ship injuries;
- Golf car accidents; and
- Medical malpractice claims.
Statute of Limitations for a Stuart, FL Personal Injury Lawsuit
To be eligible for compensation in a personal injury lawsuit in Stuart, you must file your lawsuit within a specific period of time after the accident and injury occurs. Under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 95.11), the statute of limitations for most types of personal injury lawsuits is four years. A plaintiff must file a lawsuit within four (4) years from the date that she sustained the injury to be eligible for damages. If the clock on the statute of limitations runs out, the plaintiff’s claim typically will become time-barred. Once a civil lawsuit is time-barred, the plaintiff is no longer able to file a claim for compensation.
In some cases, a plaintiff may be able to “toll” the statute of limitations, or stop the clock from ticking temporarily. However, you should never assume that you will be able to get more time to file a lawsuit. It is also important to know that, the longer you wait, the more evidence that gets lost in your case. The sooner you begin working on your claim with a Stuart personal injury attorney, the better your chances may be at obtaining compensation.
Contact an Experienced Stuart Personal Injury Lawyer
If you need assistance with a personal injury claim, you should get in touch with an experienced Stuart personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The quicker you begin working with an aggressive yet compassionate attorney on your case, the sooner you may be able to receive compensation. Contact Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC to speak with an advocate today about your case.