The statute of limitations is the period of time in which you can file a lawsuit for a specific harm. For wrongful death claims the statute of limitations is two years. Under Florida law, the personal representative is the only one who can initiate a lawsuit, and if the personal representative does not file the wrongful death lawsuit before that two-year statute of limitations is up, their right to hold the negligent party accountable and receive compensation for the unnecessary loss of a loved one will expire.
Statutes of limitations vary. It is critical to be aware that this two-year window is much shorter than the four-year statute of limitations that governs most personal injury lawsuits, including medical malpractice suits.