What is a personal injury claim? And how long after my accident do I have to file a personal injury claim in California?

Personal injury claimA personal injury claim arises when you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s action or lack thereof. 

Generally speaking, personal injury claims are bound by time. This means that they must be filed within a certain time limit or many courts will not consider them to be valid claims. These are called “statutes of limitations” and they vary from state to state. In the state of California, the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the injury. Sometimes the injury is not apparent at the time of the accident but surfaces later. In this case, the injured person typically has one year from the time the injury was discovered.

I say “typically” because there are always exceptions. These statutes of limitation apply to most cases—but not all. Just because you believe you are past the deadline for filing a personal injury claim does not necessarily make it true. If you are suffering from a personal injury due to someone else’s actions or failure to act, consult with a personal injury lawyer. You may have legal options, even if you think you don’t, and you may yet be able to get compensated for being wronged.

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