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Personal Injury Statutes of Limitations in California

Statutes of limitations are put in place to prevent fraudulent claims and opportunistic filings against defendants. While these laws do help keep our civil justice system efficient and fair, they can also provide a narrow window for many legitimate injury victims who, for a number of reasons, were delayed from taking legal action following their accident.

The time limits for your personal injury claim can differ depending on the nature of your case and who the defendant might be. Filings that are attempted after these time periods will be rejected by the court and your eligibility to receive compensation will have expired.

Statute of limitations in California are as follows:

  • Personal injury: two years
  • Medical malpractice: one years
  • Personal injury against a state agency: six months
  • Product liability: two years
  • Wrongful death: two years

Under most circumstances, these time frames begin from the date in which the injury occurred. For more specific information about your claim and the time window you have to file, contact a trusted San Francisco personal injury attorney.

Why Your Representation Matters When Filing

Having one or more years to file an injury claim may sound like a lot of time, but for many, swift action is needed to have their claim considered by the court. Injury claim filings can be delayed due to financial issues, medical concerns, insurance red tape, lengthy investigations, or even uncertainty that negligence occurred.

When this happens, it is critical that you retain proven and knowledgeable representation. At the Law Office of Scott Righthand, P.C., Attorney Righthand is an award-winning personal injury lawyer with over two decades of legal experience. He knows the local court system and how to efficiently structure and file a claim in time for victims and their loved ones to maintain their eligibility for compensation.

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