California’s Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury

Suffering a personal injury is a traumatic experience, one that might require extensive physical therapy, hospital stays, and emotional support. While it’s extremely important to get the care you need after a severe injury, hiring an attorney should also be a priority. Why, exactly? Well, in most cases, you have anywhere from a six-month to a two-year window to get this done. Afterward, the party responsible for injuring you can make a case that the incident is too far back for you to be able to sue them.

Below, we’ve provided more detail on what a statute of limitations is, and how you can best set your case up for success:

Defining Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is defined as a civil law that sets boundaries regarding the maximum amount of time that can pass until somebody must file a lawsuit after an incident in order to pursue a legal claim. It’s essentially a timer that begins ticking at the moment of your incident, in this case, a personal injury, and creates a legal boundary after which you can no longer take action. 

In the state of California, individuals are not allowed to pursue most personal injury claims if more than two years have passed, but it ultimately depends on the nature of your case. For example, if it’s for a car accident, then you have the full two years to file. However, if it’s medical malpractice, then you only have one year to file. The idea is to keep cases moving in a timely manner, and to prevent potential defendants from being subject to unfair prosecution since relevant evidence can easily be lost if someone hasn’t filed a suit within a reasonable amount of time.

However, if the at-fault party is a Government Entity or an employee of a Government Entity (while they are at work) then the claim timeline may ONLY be 6 months.  

How to File a Legal Personal Injury Claim Within the Statute of Limitations

The main idea here is simple: if you’ve been injured, don’t wait to prosecute. Take decisive action quickly so that you can utilize every moment of time that you have. Taking legal matters into your own hands is never a good idea without having an attorney by your side, however. We’ll walk you through everything you need to set your case up for success, and will do all of the heavy lifting when it comes time to face the courts. 

In the event that you believe you have a case, don’t hesitate to reach out for legal assistance. The faster you get started, the higher the probability of a favorable outcome in court. Not only that, but your memory of the day’s events will be clearer, and it will also be easier to come up with valuable evidence while the incident is still recent. 

Contact Gokal Law for Personal Injury

Have you recently been injured and would like to take the responsible party to court? You may be entitled to a case. Contact Alison Gokal of Gokal Law Group, Inc. Our team will diligently investigate your claims, interview witnesses, and give you the support you need to win your case. The sooner you contact us, the more effective we are at getting you the justice you deserve.

Gokal Law Group is a family firm that treats our clients as if they were our own flesh and blood. We fight for our clients as we would our own children, sisters, brothers, and parents. We are our clients’ Warriors, fighting to bring them justice and right the wrongs they have endured.

Each attorney has a specific practice area for which they are tried, tested, and battle-ready. Each has vast years of experience in their practice area, providing them the knowledge, skills, and vision to fight and win. Learn more about Gokal Law Group.

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