The Statute of Limitations is a set of laws that requires all civil legal actions to take place within a specified period of time. These limitations are generally between 18 months and 24 months from the time the event occurs. These limitations are put in place to protect all sides of the action. By preventing legal actions to take place several years after-the-fact, the Court ensures that all information, evidence, and witnesses still have the event fresh in their memory and that both sides receive a fair hearing before the Court.
The Statute of Limitations also applies to wrongful death actions. However, the limitations of this type of case are a little different than those for regular personal injury cases. Surviving family members of someone who died wrongfully have two years from the date that the death occurred as a result of their injuries and not from the time the accident occurred.
It should be understood that once the Statute of Limitations has passed, the remaining family members no longer have the legal right to seek damages for their losses. This is why it is very important to speak with Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible after the death occurs.
We Understand This Is A Difficult Time In Your Life
Many people avoid speaking with Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers about the loss of their loved ones in a timely manner because they feel that it is not something that they should do. We understand that this is a difficult time and that you are not thinking about the future when you lose a loved one. We understand that talking about the event is painful and sometimes too much to bear. We also understand that your loved one would not want you to suffer the financial harm from their death that you may be faced with now that they are gone.
Protecting your rights as a victim and protecting your future is the entire point of a wrongful death action. Your attorney understands the hardships you are currently enduring and will treat you with the compassion and respect you need throughout the entire process.