Statute of Limitations for Filing Lawsuit in California
As with nearly any type of lawsuit, there is a statute of limitations that you must file your personal injury lawsuit within in order for it to be a valid suit. What this means is that there is a specific time frame after your injury in which you are legally allowed to sue. Once that time frame is up (the statute of limitations), you can no longer file a suit.
This is one of the reasons it's incredibly important to start working with a California attorney on your personal injury case immediately after you are injured. You don't want to be stranded a few years down the road, still suffering from recurring issues from your injury without the ability to get financial help.
The statute of limitations is different in each state, and it's wise to talk to a California attorney to know exactly what to expect in your state. However, we can help you understand the basics of the California statute of limitations and what that means for your personal injury case.
What are the statute of limitations in California?
In the state of California, victims have two years from the date of their injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party/ies. This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to file your lawsuit within those two years. It also might be essential--in order to get your case heard in front of a judge--to appear in court within those two years as well.
This means you absolutely cannot put off filing your personal injury suit. If you have been injured and you are facing medical expenses, unpaid time off from work to recover, and more, you should get in contact with a California attorney immediately to begin the process. Court cases take time, and this is not a case you want to pump the brakes on.
Furthermore, if you plan to make a claim against a city, county, or state government agency in the state of California, you only have six months to file your suit before the statute of limitations is up.
How can I file my personal injury claim?
Easy. Call The May Firm to schedule a free case review so that one of our experienced personal injury attorneys can discuss your case and expectations with you before filing. We will walk you through every step to ensure that you receive all of the damages and compensation you are entitled to, and that your case is filed and dealt with long before the statute of limitations is up. Contact us at 1-844-MAYFIRM to get started today.