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Florida Boating Accident Statute of Limitations

Did you know there’s a time limit on filing a boating accident claim in Florida? Depending on the location of the accident, your time limit can vary. This blog will discuss the different time limits a person may have, including damages they could potentially recover depending on the severity of the accident.

How Long Do I Have to File?

According to Florida Statute 327.30, if you were injured in waters within state boundaries, you have four years from the accident to file a claim. There’s a three-year statute of limitations set in place for accidents on waters in-between states or governed by Admiralty law.

Cruise ship accidents are a bit different. Usually, your contract with the cruise will state the statute of limitations for an accident—typically, they give you six months to a year to file.

In the case of wrongful death, Florida’s statute allows two years from the date of the person's death to file. You can find more information on the statute, including what damages may be available, here.

What Damages Can I Receive?

After a boating accident in Florida, one may be able to recover compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Treatments
  • Loss of wages
  • Property damage costs

Remember, compensation depends on how severe the accident was. If you would like to know more information on obtaining damages for your case, we recommend contacting our boating attorneys as soon as possible.

Ready to File a Claim?

If you have been in a boating accident, it’s advised to seek legal assistance before your time runs out. Although you have three to four years depending on your situation, you want to act fast to get the compensation you deserve. When you’re ready, contact the Michles & Booth team at (800) 848-6168 or visit our website to fill out a free consultation request form.


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