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How Long Do Californians Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

By Kelly Balamuth on October 12, 2012

On a daily basis, being involved in an accident that causes injury is likely the last thing most Northern California residents are thinking of, but an injury accident is an unfortunate possibility whether one is at work, at play, or on the road. A California personal injury accident can include a number of different types of accidents, such as traffic accidents, slip and fall accidents, or accidents involving defective products. When the negligence of another party causes injury or harm in any type of accident, the injured victim has the legal right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. But how long does a person have to file a claim?

Bay Area Statute LimitationsCalifornia law does dictate how long a person has to file a personal injury claim, which is called a statute of limitations. Essentially, a statute of limitations is a law which places a time limit on pursuing legal action and remedy, and unless a legal exception applies, the injured person may lose the right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation after the “statutory period” expires. It could be months or it could be years. Depending on the cause for legal action and the circumstances of the incident, the statute of limitations may vary, so it is important to discuss your legal rights and options with a qualified personal injury lawyer.

The personal injury lawyers of Balamuth Law have extensive experience aiding injury accident victims and have the knowledge needed to be successful in a personal injury claim and obtain winning results. Being involved in any kind of accident can be traumatic, and our legal team is dedicated to helping you while you recover physically, mentally, and emotionally. For a complimentary consultation on your personal injury case, please call (888) 254-1234.

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