The Statute of Limitations: How to File a Lawsuit for Your Slip and FallTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. February 04, 2015
So you’ve slipped and fallen on someone else’s property.
Maybe it was a neighbor’s icy steps, or a cracked floor inside a local store. Regardless, you may have severe injuries, unpaid medical bills, time lost from work, and serious pain and suffering.
You’re thinking of filing a lawsuit, and wondering if you should get it started now, or wait until you’re feeling better.
In almost every situation, it’s best to get started on your claim right away. There are many reasons why, but an important one is something called “the statute of limitations.”
What is the statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations refers to the specific amount of time during which a claim can be brought to the court’s attention. The amount of time can differ depending on the type of claim (a slip and fall as opposed to a car accident), as well as what state the claim is made in.
Why do we have a statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations exists because, without it, the courts would be overburdened with cases. The statute seeks to resolve all claims within a timely period.
How does the statute of limitations affect my claim?
The most important thing to remember is that the statute of limitations in your state restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim. Once the statute has expired, you won’t be able to pursue the matter via litigation or settlement.
This is true no matter how much you deserve compensation, no matter how much you need it, and no matter how strong the evidence is that the other party is liable.
This is why it’s always recommended that you pursue a claim as early as possible, even if you are still recovering from the accident. In fact, resolving your case swiftly may even help you get the compensation you need to recover!
Turn to our experienced Tampa slip and fall lawyers for help!
If you have questions about how to file a lawsuit, a knowledgeable attorney is the person to turn to. The laws surrounding these types of cases – including the statute of limitations – can be complex. For a free case evaluation, contact the firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk 24 hours a day – call 1-800-538-4878.