In the state of California, law allows for any person injured in an accident through no fault of their own to file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries. While any person does have this right, the law places limits on how quickly a victim must move if they hope to recover damages. This is called the statute of limitations. In California, the statute of limitations on a personal injury case is two years from the date the injury was sustained.
Any person who fails to file a lawsuit within this time frame may not do so after. In other words, you may not decide five years after your accident that you deserve to be compensated for your medical bills. If you did not file a suit in court within two years, your case will not be accepted. This is why attorneys recommend that people hurt in accidents seek the advice and guidance of legal experts before deciding that they don’t have the basis for a successful case.
You may have been involved in an accident and believe that you weren’t injured. Unfortunately, it can take weeks or months for an injury to become apparent. In some cases, these injuries cause lasting damage that requires serious and expensive medical care. Filing a lawsuit for these injuries may mean the difference between adequate compensation and financial ruin. If you have been hurt in any type of accident in California, it is advisable to seek the advice of counsel before deciding whether or not to take the responsible party to court.