Get compensated - call
951-289-0628 Temecula
619-291-1235 San Diego
Menu Contact

Accident victims shouldn't wait to pursue a lawsuit


California, like every other state in the U.S., has set deadlines that victims of accidents must follow if they want to bring their claims for damages before the civil court. The deadline, called the statute of limitations, requires a victim who suffers a personal injury to file their case within two years of the injury, or if the injury is not immediately known, within one year of the date the injury is discovered.

There are several reasons that state laws have a statute of limitations in place. The main reason is evidence-based. As time passes, reliable evidence becomes harder to come by. For example, it may become harder to track down witnesses or analyze physical evidence after a great deal of time. In addition, the statute of limitations protects people from having to defend themselves from alleged victims bringing up events and injuries that may have happened long ago.

Car accident and other personal injury victims shouldn't wait to bring their claims. If they don't take immediate action, they could lose out on the damages they are entitled to, either by virtue of the statute of limitations, by missing out on evidence, or jury perception. For one thing, the evidence will never be as fresh and reliable as the time that the accident occurred, and people need to act quickly to work with their attorney to gather as much physical evidence as possible. Secondly, the jury may question the truthfulness or seriousness of a legitimate injury just because the person waits too long to file a lawsuit. A juror may ask why a person waited many months or years after suffering a debilitating injury to try to obtain compensation, especially if they are suffering all the while.

People who suffer an injury should never wait to stake their claim for damages. An experienced California personal injury attorney is available for consultation, and can help people through filing and representing them in their case.

Source: California Courts, "Statute of Limitations," accessed on Sept. 14, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Serving Temecula And The San Diego Metro

San Diego Office
110 West C Street
Suite 2100
San Diego, CA 92101

Toll Free: 800-724-0807
Phone: 619-291-1235
Fax: 619-232-2116
San Diego Law Office Map

Temecula Office
27349 Jefferson Ave
Suite 107
Temecula, CA 92590

Toll Free: 800-724-0807
Phone: 951-289-0628
Fax: 619-232-2116
Temecula Law Office Map

El Centro Office
450 W. Main St.
El Centro, CA 92243

Toll Free: 800-724-0807
Fax: 619-232-2116
Map & Directions

Contact Us Today

Request a free case evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy