How Much Time Do You Really Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

You might have heard that you do not have an unlimited amount of time to file a personal injury claim in California. This is true – but just how long do you actually have? This might sound like a simple question, but the truth is that there are different time limits based on the specifics of the case. Keep reading to get the facts and contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation.

If the At-Fault Party is a Private Party Then You Likely Have Two Years

In most cases in California, you will have two years to sue a private party. The clock will generally start the day of the accident and you will have two years to file the claim. Of course, there are exceptions. For example, if you were not injured and are only suing for property damages, then you have three years. If you were not aware of the injury that occurred for weeks or months, then the clock might start not when the injury occurred but when you became aware of it.

If the At-Fault Party is a Government Agency Then You Likely Have Six Months

In the event that a government agency is a plaintiff in the case, then you will typically only have six months to file. The process is also entirely different than it is when you sue a private individual. This is why it’s important to hire a personal injury attorney who has specific experience with government claims.

Wrongful Death Cases Are Different Still

Unintentional injuries are a leading cause of death around the country and in California. This can include things like car accidents, truck accidents, drowning accidents, or bus accidents. If you lose a loved one in this type of injury, then the clock will not start on the date of the accident but rather on the date of their death.

Of course, that assumes that you can show a link between the accident and its injuries to the death of your loved one. Unfortunately, if a long time has passed between the accident and their death, it can be harder to prove that their death was the result of the injuries.

Call Today to Request a Free Legal Consultation

If you are ready to find out what your options are and to talk to a personal injury attorney, then we encourage you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We can go over your case, your legal options, and answer your questions. Call now and we can get started right away.