When you experience injuries or loss due to the intent or negligence of another party, you deserve to be compensated. However, in order to receive the compensation, you have to file suit within the proper amount of time. If the statute of limitations passes, you won’t be able to seek compensation for damages.
In California, the statute of limitations can vary from case to case, depending on the damages that occur. Here are a few examples of the different timeframe you may have based on the particulars of your case.
- Personal injury – For a general personal injury case, you have two years to file a suit. This would include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, dog bites, and the like.
- Property damage – If you are okay, but your property was damaged, you have three years to begin the case. For example, if you were in a motor vehicle accident but were unharmed and are not seeking compensation for medical bills, you can take an extra year to file suit.
- Wrongful death – In the case of wrongful death, the statute of limitations is usually two years. However, you should ask a lawyer about your specific case.
- Medical malpractice – Medical malpractice suits usually only get one year to be filed. Keep in mind that there are special rules in place regarding the current pandemic.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys in California
Of course, there are other types of cases that may have a shorter or longer statute of limitations. The defendant will impact the timeframe as well. For example, claims against a public entity (for example, a government facility) have a shorter time in which to start the case. Contact the attorneys at Petrov Law Firm by calling 619.344.0360 to learn more about your case.Read More
If you have been injured in the state of California, you may be due certain forms of compensation. For example, you may be able to recover medical bills that incurred due to the injury. You may even be able to get compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and to cover other damages.
But you have to act promptly. Why? California has statute of limitations laws that protect the offending party if you allow too much time to pass between the injury and the claim. Here are a few things you need to know.
Statute of Limitations by Claim Type
The type of claim dictates how quickly you have to build your case. Here are three examples:
- When a government agency is involved – If you have a claim against a government agency (you have a slip and fall accident in a government building, for example), you only have 6 months to make your claim.
- Personal injury – If you were in a car accident or suffered a personal injury in another way, you get two full years to make a claim. However, you still need to start building your case right from day one by seeking medical attention and then finding a lawyer to represent you.
- Property damage – Property damage claims have a three-year statute of limitations.
Filing Your Personal Injury Claim in Southern California
If you have suffered a personal injury in the state of California, now is the time to act. Petrov Law Firm has personal injury attorneys that service Southern California from our San Diego and Chula Vista locations. To learn more, call us today at 619-344-0360.Read More