Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in California

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When a person has suffered injuries in an accident caused by a reckless, careless, or negligent individual, the victimized person has a right to file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue financial compensation for damages caused as a result of the accident. However, individuals harmed in accidents must keep in mind that there is a time limit for which he or she can file a lawsuit against the responsible party. This limit is referred to as the “statute of limitations.”

In California, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident that resulted in damage or injuries. Of course, there are some exceptions to the rule as certain types of cases have different applicable statutes. When this deadline passes, the injured individual will not have the ability to make a legal claim in pursuit of compensation. For this reason, individuals involved in accidents should reach out to representation even if they are not certain they will be able to pursue compensation.

If you or someone you love was involved in an accident and you believe another person should be held liable, get in touch with our San Jose personal injury lawyers at Shea & Shea today! We can put our experience on your side.

I Don’t Know if I’m Injured. Should I Still Contact a Lawyer?

Unfortunately, some injuries are not apparent immediately following an accident. Head injuries and brain injuries may begin as mild headaches but can actually grow to be far worse injuries than expected. Often, these types of injures require immediate and ongoing medical treatment, which, of course, can be costly.

For such reasons, persons involved in accidents who believe they may have been injured, regardless if they are sure or not, should seek the help of an experienced injury lawyer right away. A skilled attorney can examine the details of the accident and ensure you get the necessary medical evaluations and treatment. From there, he or she can help you form a strong case in order to pursue compensation for your damages.

Preparing Your Case Before the Statute of Limitations Expires

It is wise to begin your case as soon as possible. More time will allow you to gather the necessary facts and evidence to support your claim. To begin, consider the following steps:

  • Keep all documents recording medical attention and treatment
  • Keep all medical bills
  • Take and keep photographs of property damaged in the accident
  • Be quick and communicative with your lawyer

Shea & Shea is Ready to Protect Your Rights

At Shea & Shea, our San Jose personal injury attorneys have handled a countless number of personal injury cases, and we are ready to put our experience and skills on your side. When you choose to work with our legal team, you can rest easier knowing we will do everything in our power to fight for your rights.

Do not wait to get the help you need.Call Shea & Shea today.

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