What is a Statute of Limitations?
In layman’s terms, a statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Most lawsuits are required to be filed within a certain amount of time and, generally speaking, once the statute of limitations on a case expires, the legal claim is no longer valid. It’s important to remember that the period of time during which you may file a lawsuit in the state of California varies depending on the type of legal claim.
Statutes of Limitation by Type
The state of California provides up to two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. In the event that the victim doesn’t notice the injury immediately, he or she has up to one year from the time the injury is discovered.
In cases involving a breach of contract, the victim has up to four years from the time the contract is broken.
For cases involving property damage, plaintiffs have up to three years to file a suit seeking monetary damages.
In cases involving government agencies, plaintiffs must file a claim with the agency within six months of the incident. If the claim is denied, they may then file their lawsuit in court.
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