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The Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Florida

By Saunders Law Group on August 03, 2017


A judge’s gavel in front of a clock, the latter representing the wrongful death statute of limitationsIf you have recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent or deliberately wrongful actions, please accept our condolences. The death of a family member is always tragic, no matter how that death occurs. However, when such a death could have been prevented if not for the negligence of another party, the tragedy is compounded by feelings of senselessness, frustration, and overwhelming helplessness. In addition to the grief and confusion you are inevitably feeling, you probably also find yourself faced by unexpected financial burdens. While we may not be able to help you with the former, the wrongful death attorneys of Saunders Law Group can definitely help you with the latter.

Time, however, is of the essence. Your potential wrongful death lawsuit is governed by a time limit known as a statute of limitations. This means that you must file your lawsuit within the time limit established by the statute of limitations or else permanently forfeit the right to seek compensation for the losses and expenses you have sustained due to the death of your loved one through the civil courts. There are no exceptions to the wrongful death statute of limitations, so having our Bartow and Lakeland, FL personal injury attorneys evaluate your case as soon as possible is highly important.

Even if you’re unsure as to whether you are going to file a wrongful death lawsuit, it is best to know your legal rights and options before the statute of limitations expires. To arrange for an evaluation of your wrongful death case, please contact Saunders Law Group today.

What Is the Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations in Florida?

In Florida, a plaintiff must file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of a person’s death. The death can result from any type of accident, including:

  • An auto accident, such as a car, truck, motorcycle, or SUV accident
  • A workplace accident, such as a construction site or warehouse accident
  • An instance of medical malpractice, including a surgical error, a failure to diagnose error, a misdiagnosis, or a pharmaceutical error
  • A premises liability accident, such as a slip-and-fall accident or an attack that took place due to inadequate security in the parking lot of a store
  • An instance of product liability, such as through the use of a dangerous prescription drug

The time limit within which you must file your wrongful death lawsuit began at the point at which your loved one actually passed away rather than at the moment he or she was injured. Therefore, if he or she survived the initial accident, but passed away after, for example, five months, the five-month period would not count against your ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It could, however, count against the ability to file other types of personal injury lawsuits, so it is still important to consult our attorneys as soon as possible.

Arrange for an Evaluation of Your Wrongful Death Case

To arrange for an evaluation of your wrongful death case, please contact Saunders Law Group today.

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