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Deadline for Filing a Claim

John David Williams
Law Offices of John D. Williams - Westlake Village Office

November 24, 2009

Previously published on December 26, 2011

If you suffer a personal injury, you must file your lawsuit before the applicable deadline, known as the "statute of limitations," passes or your claim will be forever barred. It is therefore of the utmost importance that if you have suffered a personal injury and you believe someone else is responsible for causing that injury, that you immediately consult with a personal injury attorney.

The specific time limitation will depend on the type of injury and the circumstances. As a general rule, a personal injury negligence lawsuit in California must be filed within two (2) years of the date the injury occurred. However, under some circumstances, you must take action in less than two years. For example, if you believe that a governmental entity is responsible for causing your injury, you must file a claim within six (6) months of the injury. Similarly, there are other and shortened time limitations. There are separate time limitations for malpractice actions against professionals. Therefore, you must speak with a lawyer concerning your particular case immediately.

If you wait until near the end of the period to file a claim or lawsuit, your attorney may not have enough time to help you. Consequently, if you have suffered a Personal Injury Claim, it is essential that you immediately consult with an experienced attorney.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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