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How Long do I Have to File an Accident Claim in CA?

Accident victims hurt by the negligent actions of others can file a claim, but they only have a limited amount of time to do so.

Accidents happen all the time in California, and they happen in a number of different ways. Slip and fall accidents and car crashes are just a few instances in which innocent people become hurt. When they do, and someone else’s negligent actions caused the accident, victims can file a claim to secure the compensation they need to make a full recovery. It is important that injured individuals speak to an accident lawyer quickly, as the time to file these claims is limited.

The Statute of Limitations in California

California, like all other states, has a statute of limitations. This is the amount of time injured individuals have to file an accident claim. In The Golden State, accident victims have only two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. This time limit is important. Accident victims who do not file their claim within this timeframe will likely forfeit their chance of securing any compensation at all.

Many people think that two years is a long time to file a claim, but it is not. Prior to filing a claim, a lawyer must conduct a full and thorough investigation to determine who was at fault for the accident. During this investigation, a lawyer will also collect evidence to substantiate a claim. All of this takes time and so, it is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

Statute of Limitations on Claims Involving the Government

Personal injury claims involving the government are treated much differently than those between private citizens. After being hurt due to the government’s negligence, accident victims have six months to tell the appropriate agency of the accident. That agency then has 45 days to make a decision on the claim. If the agency denies the claim, injured individuals then have another six months to file a lawsuit with the courts.

Claims against a government entity are very complicated, and all the issues involving a government claim cannot be addressed here. It is important to contact an attorney immediately if you think the actions of a government entity caused you harm.

Our California Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help with Your Claim

If you have been injured in an accident, it is important that you speak to our Murrieta personal injury lawyers at Gibbs & Fuerst, LLP. We know how to determine who was at fault for your accident and hold them accountable for paying the compensation you deserve. We will also ensure your claim is filed in a timely manner, to give you the best chance of a positive outcome. Call us at (951) 291-9814 so we can review your claim.