Hi everyone! Today we’re going to talk about how long you have to file a personal injury claim in California. My name is Adam Hepburn and I’m a personal injury attorney and a partner here at HHJ Trial Attorneys.
This is a very important question. Now, if you miss the time period for which you can bring a personal injury case in California you’ll never be able to bring that type of claim in the future. In general, in California for a personal injury claim, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit so that you are not barred by what’s called the statute of limitations. That is in general.
However, there are different types of laws for different types of claims or the statute of limitations is different. For example, if your claim is against a government entity, let’s say it’s a municipality or municipal transportation system, you have to file a claim within six months against that entity or organization. Otherwise, you can forever lose your rights to file that claim.
So as you can see it’s really important to know the deadlines and the best way to do that is to contact a legal professional immediately after the accident so that you protect yourselves from them from being barred by bringing a claim. If you have more questions get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to speak to you.