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How Long Do I have to File a Personal Injury Claim?


If you are injured in California due to another party’s negligence or recklessness, you only have two years to file your personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. After this two-year period lapses, you lose your legal right to sue the other party for compensation.

Don’t Lose Your Chance to Pursue Compensation

Pursuing compensation for a personal injury can be a frustrating process. You can expect the other party to poke and prod into your life in an attempt to disprove your claim and limit their liability.

Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons why those who are eligible to file a lawsuit seeking damages for their injuries put it off for so long.

Even if you ultimately take legal action, delaying it can cause problems such as these:

  • You may forget important details of the accident
  • You may unintentionally recall events differently
  • Witnesses might change their versions of the event
  • Hard evidence can degrade or become lost

These problems can be avoided if you talk about your claim with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Not only will memories and evidence of the accident stay fresh, but you can avoid unnecessary scrutiny for filing your claim weeks, months, or longer after your accident.

Your attorney can also help you deal with any unnecessary invasions of your privacy that the other side might engage in. Such tactics may not only be unethical, but they may also be illegal. Your attorney’s representation can protect you in the event you are confronted with such a situation.

Why You Should File Your Personal Injury Claim

Some people never attempt to fight for the compensation they might otherwise win in court or through a settlement.

They do so to their detriment because they can accumulate debt from unaffordable medical bills or never see income lost while out on recovery. If someone’s injuries are severe enough, they may not even be able to return to work or work in the same capacity as they did before the accident.

All of this can result in a bleak financial outlook for you and your family – a situation that can be avoided by speaking with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Whether it’s debt caused by an accident, wages lost because of it, or a loss of your earning capacity, you can fight for damages such as these (and others), but you must take legal action as soon as possible.

Smolich and Smolich Can Help

As long as your accident has occurred within the past two years, Smolich and Smolich’s team of experienced attorneys can help you with your personal injury claim. We have the knowledge and skill necessary to assist you with each step of your claim, so you don’t have to go through this process alone.

If you want to take your chance at fighting for the compensation you need to move forward with life after an accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today for help.

Contact Smolich and Smolich online now to get started.