After you suffer a serious injury, you need to take steps to preserve your right to bring a lawsuit. Your suit has a deadline called a statute of limitations. Different statutes of limitations apply to different types of personal injury suits. The bottom line is you do not want to be barred from bringing your suit simply because you failed to act before you reached the statutorily set deadline.

Some California statutes of limitations include the following:

  • Personal injury — The statute of limitations for a personal injury such as a slip and fall at the mall or a car crash is two years, generally calculated from the date of the injury. However, where an injury is not discovered immediately, the statute of limitations is only one year calculated from date of discovery of the injury.
  • Claims against government agencies — A claim against a government agency must be filed in six months in some cases and one year in others, calculated from the date the incident occurred. If your claim is denied, you may be able to file with the court under the standard statute of limitations period.
  • Product liability — Cases involving products have a two-year statute of limitations.
  • Wrongful death — A two-year statute of limitations applies to wrongful death actions.
  • Libel, defamation, or slander A one-year statute of limitation applies.
  • Property damage — Three years calculated from when the damage to the property occurred.

By Kevin Quinn

Posted in Personal Injury