How Long Can I Wait to Bring a Personal Injury Lawsuit in California?

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Have you or a loved one been injured in an automobile or other type of accident in California? If you answered yes, and are considering taking legal action to recover financial damages against the person or persons who injured you, the time to act is NOW. You may be familiar with the term “statute of limitations,” which is the legal deadline for filing a lawsuit. In California, there is a statute of limitations for bringing personal injury claims; such as a car accident or slip and fall accident. Discuss the statute of limitations in detail with your Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, but know that according to the California law, most lawsuits ‘MUST be filed within a certain amount of time. In general, once the statute of limitations on a case “runs out,” the legal claim is not valid any longer.’
 
If you were injured in an accident Los Angeles and are considering bringing a personal injury claim against the person who you believe injured you, the lawsuit must be filed in a Los Angeles court two years from the injury. However, if you and/or your doctors did not discover the injury right away, you must bring the lawsuit 1 year from the date the injury was discovered. Unsure about the date of your injury’s discovery? An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can talk with you and your doctor to determine when the statute of limitations began to run and make sure you file your lawsuit in time.
 

Be aware that the law regarding the statute of limitations also changes when a public entity (like a city bus driver) is at fault. If you or a loved one were injured by a government employee in Los Angeles, the statute of limitations to bring the lawsuit against the city or county is one year. There are also special rules regarding minors, the details of which a knowledgeable Los Angeles trial lawyer can discuss with you.
 
In almost every case, the sooner you speak to a skilled injury lawyer for help, the more effective we can be and the more likely you are to recover financial damages for lost wages, hospital bills, and other damages. You do not have to do this alone. BIKLAW is one your side.
 

If you have suffered an injury in the Greater Los Angeles area contact the experienced lawyers at the Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer today.

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