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Understanding statutes of limitation

| Jan 13, 2019 | Legal Malpractice Law |

When a person or a business in Florida feels they have been wronged in some fashion and they determine that legal action is necessary in order to receive proper compensation and justice, there are many things to be aware of. One of these things is what is known in legal terms as the statute of limitations.

As explained by FindLaw, a statute of limitations is essentially a time limit on or deadline by which any such legal action may be initiated. The specific deadline or statute of limitations for a single case may vary based on a few factors. One of these is the type of case or the nature of the dispute. Another factor playing into the exact amount of time a person has to commence legal action is the date from which the statute of limitations begins on.

According to the Florida Legislature, a statute of limitations might begin on the exact date that an injury or event occurred. However, there are situations where a person is unaware that a particular injury transpired. There may also be times when it is clear that an injury has been experienced but it is not yet known what may have contributed to that injury. In these circumstances, the statute of limitations might not begin until the date on which the actual injury has been identified or would have reasonably been expected to be identified.

An attorney representing a client should be aware of the statutes of limitations and be able to explain these to a client as well as abide by them when representing a client.