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How Long You Have to File an Injury Claim in Florida

How Long You Have to File an Injury Claim in Florida

After an accident, your life is irrevocably changed. Personal injury claims allow the injured to seek compensation from negligent people and insurance companies who are more interested in their bottom line than doing what is right. While a claim can never truly undo the harm that was caused, it allows you to find financial security in the wake of hospital bills and diminished earning capacity. A successful claim also helps hold negligent parties accountable and, hopefully, spares others from the same harm in the future.

A personal injury claim may provide compensation for:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost work hours
  • Diminished lifetime earnings
  • Long-term medical care
  • Pain and suffering

But if you want to file a personal injury claim in Florida, you need to do so within 4 years of the underlying accident that caused your injury.

Are There Any Exceptions?

There are exceptions to the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Florida. If you are unsure if you meet the conditions, contact our personal injury attorney to describe your situation. 

The timeframe can be extended under the following circumstances:

  • If the person you are filing a claim against left Florida before the lawsuit could be filed
  • If the person you are filing a claim against has attempted to conceal themselves to avoid being served
  • If you or your loved one was deemed legally incapacitated at the time of the accident

Even under these circumstances, it is in your best interest to file an injury claim quickly. It doesn’t take long for most injury victims to feel a financial strain after their accident. Whether only a few days, several months, or more than four years have passed by since your accident, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. can help you determine if you have a case.

Contact Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. for a Free Consultation

When you are ready to fight for the losses you’ve suffered as a result of someone’s negligence, we are here to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. understands what is at stake in these types of cases, and we have helped thousands of clients secure the financial security they need to move forward after an accident. Whether you have been in a car accident, suffered from a dog bite, or were harmed on another person’s property, we can fight for the compensation you deserve.

Call (954) 543-1788 or fill out our contact form to discuss your injury claim with our dedicated attorneys and ask your questions about Florida’s statute of limitations.


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

    Read more about this story on the Sun Sentinel.

  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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  • “I don’t usually post reviews but I had to make an exception in this case. Mike and everyone at the office were beyond helpful. Went to court twice once to find out my charges the last to find out everything was dropped. I couldn’t have asked for a more pro”


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    DUI Client

  • “He Went Out of His Way to Go the Extra Mile”


  • “Proved to be the best legal team there is! They not only helped me avoid jail time, but got my probation terminated the same day!”

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  • “Michael jumped through hoops to give me the defense I deserved and I will always be grateful. Michael and Eric are not just Lawyers, they are friends and will look out for your best interest!”



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