Ask Kathryn: Its been a year since my accident, can I still make a claim?

Dear Kathryn:

I was injured in an auto accident in Tampa, Florida last year but I didn't seek medical treatment.  I am still in pain.  Is it too late to make a claim now?

Signed – Too Late in Tampa?

Dear Too Late:

You are not too late!  Although it is best to seek treatment for your accident related injuries as soon as possible after an accident, in Florida there is a four year statute of limitations for actions arising in negligence – like car accidents.  In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to settle your claim or file suit with the at fault party.  You will probably have a difficult time with your claim, however, because you will need to prove that the accident caused the injuries and with a year passing since the accident, this will be more difficult to do than if you had sought treatment immediately after the accident.  On the flip side, there's no time like the present so if you are still in pain, go seek treatment for your injuries now.  Bottom line is that you still have a claim and you still have time to get treatment and file your claim.    

For more information or a free consultation on your legal issue contact The Law Offices of Charles D. Scott PLLC, your injury law and family law attorneys, at 727-300-4878.

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