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What is the statute of limitations for a herniated disk back injury claim?

 

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One of the most common personal injury claims arising from a car crash is a back injury claim. Sometimes the injury is obvious immediately, but other times the injury can be camouflaged by adrenaline following a wreck. Adrenaline causes a feeling of euphoria that can mask pain and discomfort. 

Although adrenaline is a natural response following car accidents in Sarasota, it can cause confusion for accident victims. When adrenaline kicks in, people often don’t realize they are injured; however, when the adrenaline wears off, injured victims may notice back pain, leg pain, tingling, numbness, and overall weakness. 

In some cases, car crash victims might not develop painful symptoms until much later after the accident. For example, the onset of back pain might be gradual, and they might chose to ignore it until the pain becomes so uncomfortable they can no longer stand it. Because back pain can become more intense as time passes, accident victims need to get checked out immediately following the crash and again if they experience pain in the future. 

Sometimes injuries take a while to manifest. This is one reason it’s important not to settle with an insurance company right away. If you agree to a settlement too early, you might have to pay out of pocket later on for pain medications, physical therapy, and surgery. 

However, you don’t want to wait too long, either, as there is a statute of limitations. Typically, when it comes to filing a personal injury claim, the statute of limitations in Florida is four years from the date of the accident. If you miss this deadline, you most likely will not be able to pursue a claim. 

Because timing is critical, it is important that you contact a Sarasota auto accident attorney immediately after an accident to make sure you are doing everything you can to protect your interests, health, and financial future. Call the Mallard Law Firm today at (888) 409-3805 and ask for a free consultation with one of our injury lawyers.