Yes, there are deadlines for filing a lawsuit in California. These deadlines are called the statutes of limitations. They place a time limit on how long a person has to file a lawsuit or pursue a claim in the legal system.
Statutes of limitations were created in part to encourage the prompt investigation of crimes and wrongdoing. Evidence can be destroyed and witnesses’ memories can fade over time. They also prevent people from being punished for actions they took a long time ago.
Different types of cases have different time limitations during which a legal claim must be brought. For example, the deadline to file a legal claim in a personal injury or car accident lawsuit is two years from the date of the injury. If the injury wasn’t discovered until later, the statute of limitations is one year from the date the injury was discovered. For unpaid wages, the statute of limitations is three years from the date the wages became due. Some crimes, such as murder, are so terrible that there is no statute of limitations, so a murder case can be brought at any time.
If someone is suing a government entity, however, different timelines may apply since that generally requires an administrative claim to be filed first, which has different deadlines than the statutes of limitations.
What happens if you miss the deadline?
If the statute of limitations has passed on your case, you will no longer be able to bring your case and obtain legal recovery.
There are some exceptions under which the statute of limitations is tolled. Tolling means that the statute of limitations is suspended. The “clock is paused,” so to speak, and then begins again when the reason for tolling is over. Tolling may happen when the plaintiff is a minor, suffers from a disability, is in prison, and/or serving in the military, among many other situations. When the reason for tolling ends, the statute of limitations begins to run again.
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Understanding the statute of limitations can be complicated since there are many different deadlines and exceptions under California law. It’s important to contact PARRIS accident attorneys as soon as you decide that you want to pursue a legal claim to ensure that any legal deadlines are met. Start your free case consultation today by calling PARRIS at (661) 485-2072. You pay no fees until we win you compensation.