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Time limits for personal injury lawsuits in California

Personal injury claims can be filed after injuries are suffered in a car accident — but time is limited. The legal time limit a plaintiff has to file a personal injury claim can vary depending on a few factors.

The California statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years from the date of the injury. Personal injury claims made after two years from the date of the incident are likely to be refused by the court.

However, it is typical for some injuries to go unnoticed for days, weeks or even months. If injuries aren’t discovered until after the incident, the plaintiff has one year from the date the injury was discovered to make a claim.

There is another exception to the two-year time limit if the personal injury claim is being filed against California city, county or state government. The time limit to file a personal injury claim against a government entity in California is only six months. Plaintiffs are also required to follow specific procedural rules throughout the process of filing these types of claims.

Missing out on compensation for a serious injury could create a huge financial burden. If you’ve fallen victim to injuries at the hands of another person, business or government entity, it’s important to speak up. Contact a North Carolina lawyer who’s willing to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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