If you intend on filing a claim for a personal injury lawsuit in California, time may be running out. A statute of limitations can prevent you from receiving compensation for your personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death claim. In California, these statutes are outlined by strict limitations on civil actions and must be regarded when considering filing a lawsuit. As always, it is always within your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney immediately following an accident.
California Statute of Limitations Outline
- In the case of personal injury it is sometimes difficult to determine the victims long term medical needs. For instance, a backache at the time of an accident can develop into a spinal problem down the road. It is important to pursue regular medical check ups following an accident to ensure your injuries will not be long term. If these injuries turn out to be life-altering, your attorney can gain you compensation for future medical costs, wage loss, or deterioration of quality of life. If this type of compensation is not pursued and he statute of limitations on your case runs out, you will not be able to file a lawsuit to cover these damages. Currently, the statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in California is two years from the date of the injury and one year from the date of the discovery of the injury.
- In the case of property damage, the statute of limitation runs out after three years since the date of the accident. If issues with your property are not resolved within this time, you will not be able to seek compensation for damages.
- In the case of wrongful death, you must seek damages immediately. If the victim was the main provider of the household or had benefits you are entitled to, a lawyer can pursue a wrongful death suit to secure compensation for the victims dependents and loved ones. The statute of limitations on wrongful death in California is two years.
If you or a loved on has been injured in an accident, contact the expert personal injury attorneys with Silverthorne Attorneys. We will pursue your case with the utmost diligence to ensure the clock does not run out on your chance for compensation.