Posted on Oct 27, 2014 12:00am PDT

A close up of a judge’s gavelAlthough it has its flaws, the United States legal system is one of the most efficient and just in the world. At the heart of this system is the concept of timeliness when it comes to the prosecution of crimes in criminal courts and the handling of personal injury cases in civil courts. To ensure that civil matters are handled swiftly yet fairly, states impose statutes of limitations that establish time limits within which personal injury claims must be filed. If claims are not filed within these time limits, then victims and their families permanently forfeit the right to seek compensation through the court system. There are virtually no exceptions to this rule, and, as in most matters, ignorance of the law will not excuse anyone from the consequences of the law.

It is for this reason that victims of auto, medical malpractice, workplace, slip-and-fall, and other accidents are strongly urged to have their cases evaluated by a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible, even if they are unsure as to whether they intend to pursue legal action. If you or a member of your family has been involved in such an accident in the state of California, attorney Larry S. Buckley would welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case. He can help you to understand the California statutes of limitations and how they apply to your potential claim. He will take the time to explain your legal rights and options so that you can make a confident, informed decision regarding whether or not to pursue action in a court of law.

Remember, it is better to know your rights and to consciously decide not to pursue legal action than to find out too late that you have forfeited the ability to file a claim, whether you want to or not.

Statutes of Limitations in the State of California

Each state has its own statutes of limitations in regards personal injury claims. The statutes of limitations in the state of California are fairly typical; however, if you do not reside in California, it is essential that you research the laws of your state and contact an attorney who is as knowledgeable of those laws as Mr. Buckley is of the laws of the state of California.

The statutes of limitations in civil cases in California are as follows:

  • Auto accidents: Two years from the date of the accident
  • Medical malpractice: Three years from the date on which the injury occurred or one year from the date on which the injury was discovered, whichever came first
  • Wrongful death: Two years from the date on which the decedent died
  • Claims arising from injuries caused by domestic violence: Three years from the last act of domestic violence
  • All other personal injury claims based on negligence: Two years from the date on which the injury occurred

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