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How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim?

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Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of injury, accounting for a large percentage of emergency room visits in the United States. Slip and fall accidents often happen when you least expect it — while you are working, or otherwise minding your own business — and they are sometimes the result of negligence. After a slip and fall accident, you could be facing mounting medical bills and other charges. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence.

Time is of the essence after a slip and fall accident. You need to report your accident as soon as possible. In addition to meeting the statute of limitations laws, valuable evidence rapidly becomes lost after a slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents are some of the most challenging cases to argue. Knowing what to do after a slip and fall will help strengthen your case.

If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident in Florida, you deserve legal representation from a firm with experience building compelling slip and fall cases. Call now for your free consultation.

Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a legal term that specifies how long after an incident a person can file a legal claim against a person or entity. The statute of limitations changes depending on the type of claim, and the state where it occurred. If you do not file a claim within the time, then you automatically forfeit your legal right to file a lawsuit.

This time limit also applies to any personal property damaged in your slip and fall. For example, if your slip and fall ruined your costly shoes and you are seeking compensation for it, the expense for the shoes must be filed before this legal limit.

It is unlikely that you will be able to get the justice you deserve after that cutoff, even if your slip and fall was the result of someone else’s negligence. 

The statute of limitations is the legal cut off point for starting your case. While you need to file your complaint before this date, a final ruling does not need to be determined. Slip and fall cases may take a few years to settle. As long as you’ve filed a legitimate claim before the statute of limitations deadline, you should be eligible for a settlement.

While it may seem like you have a long time to file your claim, it is smart to submit it as soon as possible after your slip and fall. Taking urgent action — within hours, not days —of your slip and fall can help preserve significant evidence and build a strong case.

Don’t Let The Clock Run Out! Call Us Today

Slip and fall accidents are some of the hardest cases to win. They are challenging in part because valuable evidence begins to disappear after the incident. Filing your claim as soon as possible can help you lock in the compensation you deserve.

Premises liability lawsuits are often intensive and drawn out. You need representation from Jacksonville’s best slip, trip, and fall attorneys. Farah & Farah has successfully represented many accident victims and their families in Florida and Georgia. You can trust Farah & Farah to build your slip and fall case.

Take action now! Call our offices today for a free consultation. When you speak to one of our attorneys, you are under no obligation and they will keep your case confidential.

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