Orlando, FL asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Florida

Q: Never got any kind of compensation or justice from being hit by a car

My mom got hit by a car when she was crossing the road. She had to spend weeks in the hospital and suffered major injuries to her leg and head. I was a child at the time so my mom was not able to take care of me since she was in the hospital. So that effected our lives in that time.

The problem is, at the time, My mom told me that she talked to a Lawyer and they said they couldn’t do anything because the guy that hit her didn’t have insurance. So my mom never got a dollar or anything from that.

Now that I’m older, I’ve been thinking, that whole situation was wrong and we have always been poor so I feel like we deserved some compensation from that traumatic time. I asked my mom why didn’t she try talking to other lawyers or something and she said she was dazed and confused at the time since she had suffered a very bad head injury.

question: The problem is that it’s been almost 9 years. She was hit October 18 2013. Is there still something we can do to receive money from that?

1 Lawyer Answer
David Irving Shiner
David Irving Shiner
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I am sorry to hear about your mother's situation. It is devastating to be injured in an accident and, even worse, knowing the at-fault party was not be held responsible for their negligent actions.

Under Florida's statute of limitations, you have four years from the date of the accident, whether driver, passenger, or pedestrian, to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation from the party responsible for the accident and your mother's injuries.

Unfortunately, since some time has passed since the statute of limitations deadline, filing a lawsuit now would likely be refused for consideration by the court.

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