Statute of Limitations

Understanding the Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a formal enactment, written by a legislative authority that governs a city, county or state, which sets a time limit on damages that can be claimed as the result of a specific event. In layman’s terms, it sets a specific time period on when you can file a lawsuit. After that time period expires, a person can generally no longer file suit, even if the other party was at fault.

Why You Need to Contact an Attorney As Soon As Possible

44statuteoflimitations There are many different factors in understanding how the statute of limitations will affect your case. Certain factors might extend the maximum time allotted, or deadline, to pursue damages. On the other hand, certain factors may reduce the time allotted to file a claim. The complex nature of statute of limitations makes it absolutely necessary to contact an injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury occurs.

If you believe that the statute of limitations could potentially affect your personal injury lawsuit or you are unsure whether or the statute of limitations applies to your injury or damages, please contact our firm and schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. Call 1-888-204-1014.

California Statue of Limitations

Please note that certain factors may be able to extend the maximum time allotted, or deadline, to claim damages. At the same time, other factors may reduce the time allotted. Be sure to consult an attorney to learn about the specific circumstances surrounding your injury or accident.

Here are a few of the statute of limitations in California for injury cases:

  • Personal Injury Cases – A personal injury claim must be made within 2 years of the accident.

  • Wrongful Death – Wrongful death lawsuits must be made within 2 years of the incident.

  • Libel, Slander & Defamation: A claim must be submitted within 1 year of the incident.

  • Medical Malpractice – These lawsuits must be submitted within 1 year from the time the claimant discovers that they have been injured or within 3 years from when the injury was inflicted, whichever comes first.

  • Breach of Oral Contracts – A lawsuit must be filed within 2 years of when the contract was breached.

  • Breach of Written Contracts – A lawsuit must be filed within 4 years of when the contract was breached.

  • Property Damage – Damages to property as the result of an accident have up to 3 years to be claimed.

  • Fraudulent Conduct – A claim must be submitted within 3 years of when the fraud was conducted.

  • Product Liability – Product liability lawsuits must be made within 2 years of the injury.