By Alex Barthet

Let’s break down each part of a claim that can be brought against you. One type of claim is a claim sounding in negligence, a tort that there was damage caused by you to other property. That action under the statute of limitations has to be brought within four years of the time of the claim arising.

Now there are ways for this to be extended and that’s called the statute of repose and the statute of repose is the longest period of time that someone has to bring a claim. In the state of Florida the statute of repose used to be fixed at a hard 10 years no matter what, but recently with an amendment to 95.11 of Florida statutes, that time now has some opportunities for contractors and subcontractors to extend it. Listen to this week’s episode, and learn about the changes and how it can affect your business.

Alexander Barthet is a board certified construction attorney in Florida and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He manages The Barthet Firm, a construction law firm in Miami, and maintains a construction law blog at He can be reached at 305-347-5295 or