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What Are Statutes of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases?

Automobile Accident

Have you been injured in an accident? It is important to file your claim as soon as possible. The statute of limitations only gives you a certain amount of time to file your personal injury claim. Failure to meet the statute of limitations means that you will no longer be able to file your personal injury claim and recover damages. 

Alabama Statute of Limitations

The Alabama Statute of limitations allows a 2 year time frame to file your personal injury claim from the date of your accident. If a minor is a part of the injured party, the time limit does not begin until the child turns 19 years old. Alabama is one of the few states that follows a contributory negligence rule. Which means that if you contributed any amount of negligence to your injury, you cannot receive any compensation for your injuries. Even if you are found to be only 1% at fault of the injuries, you cannot hold the opposing party responsible. 

It is important that you discuss your accident or injury with an experienced personal injury lawyer before filing a claim. Wettermark Keith has multiple locations in the state of Alabama with dedicated personal injury lawyers ready to assist you with top legal advice. Our offices in Alabama are located in: Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville and Dothan

Tennessee Statute of Limitations

Tennessee allows a 1 year time frame to file a lawsuit. If you do not file within  this time frame your case will be refused by the courts. The state of Tennessee follows the comparative negligence rule which reduces your earned compensation by the percentage you are at fault for your personal injury in the accident. It is important to note that, if you are found to be over 50 percent at fault for the accident, you will not receive any compensation. Tennessee has a cap on compensation for personal injury cases. Most personal injury cases are capped at $750,000. 

It is important that you understand the statute of limitations for your state so that you can receive the compensation that you deserve. The lawyers at Wettermark Keith in Knoxville and Chattanooga are ready to guide you through the entire process. Contact us today to start your personal injury case. 

Florida Statute of Limitations

In the state of Florida, you have a 4 year time limit from the date of your accident or injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. Florida has a specific statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims. Medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years of discovering the injury. The state of Florida follows a comparative negligence rule. The comparative negligence rule simply means that your compensation depends on the percentage of your fault in the accident.  An important thing to note is that Florida has a no-fault car insurance rule. This means that you cannot fault the other driver unless you were seriously injured in the accident, otherwise your personal insurance must cover any expenses. 

It is important that you understand the statute of limitations for all personal injury cases. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact a personal injury lawyer before filing your personal injury lawsuit. Our lawyers in Panama City are ready to assist you in filing your claim to help you get the compensation you deserve. 

Wettermark Keith: Personal Injury Law Firm

The lawyers at our firm are dedicated and ready to assist you with your personal injury lawsuit. The best part is that if we do not win your case, you do not owe us anything. We are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your personal injury case. Contact us today for a free consultation

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