How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim Against the State of Florida?

How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim Against the State of Florida?

When someone is harmed as a result of someone else’s negligence, they will often file a personal injury claim against the careless individual. Through this claim, as long as they are successful, they will receive compensation to help them cope with the damages they’ve incurred. That said, when someone is harmed on property owned by the state or by an employee who works for the state, the process for filing a claim is slightly different. Please continue reading and speak with a seasoned Riverview personal injury lawyer to learn more about filing a claim against the state of Florida and how we can help if you’ve been hurt. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What scenarios may constitute an injury claim against the state of Florida?

A wide range of scenarios may warrant a claim against the state or a municipality. For example, if someone is injured while on the premises of a post office due to dangerous property conditions, they will likely file their claim against the government, as the post office is a federally-run entity. In other cases, such as when a person is injured on public transportation, like a bus or a train, they will also likely have to file their claim against the state.

What is the process for filing such a claim?

The process for filing a personal injury claim against a government entity is largely the same as any other personal injury claim, as the primary objective is to prove that you were hurt due to the negligence of another. However, the process differs in that if you’re looking to file a claim for property damage or personal injury against the state, you will need to include the state agency involved in your claim and you’ll need to do so sooner than required for injury claims not involving government agencies.

How long will I have to file a claim against the state of Florida?

The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in Florida is four years, however, this is not the case when filing a claim against the state. In Florida, you must submit a notice of claim within three years of the date the accident occurred, and from there, you are required to wait to file your lawsuit until a 180-day investigative period has concluded.

Though three years may seem like plenty of time, the truth is, it’s always best to file your claim sooner rather than later. The Frank Santini Law Firm is here to listen to your story and get you the help you need. Contact us today so we can get started working on your case.

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