A “statute of limitations” is the maximum amount of time you have to file a lawsuit.
In California, you have two years to file a lawsuit for your injuries from the date of your car accident. California Code of Civil Procedure §335.1. Minors also have a two-year statute of limitations, however, it begins the moment the minor turns 18 years old. If you fail to file a claim against the negligent parties within the two-year margin, you will likely forfeit your right to utilize the court system to seek compensation.
An experienced and skilled lawyer understands the value of time and deadlines. Thus, your lawyer should begin building your case the moment they’re hired to represent you with California’s two-year statute of limitations in mind. Unfortunately, many car accident victims lose their opportunities to be compensated despite the strength of their cases, due to failing to adhere to the two-year constraint.
If insurance fails to provide a reasonable settlement offer for your claim, it’s imperative that your lawyer not only has built your case in anticipation for litigation, but they’re ready to file within the two-year statute of limitations.
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