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What's the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Case in California?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering how long you have to file a personal injury claim in California. This is known as the statute of limitations, and it is important to understand the deadlines and requirements in order to protect your legal rights. Here's what you need to know:

California Statue of Limitations

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California is generally two years from the date of the accident or injury. This means that you must file a lawsuit within two years of the incident, or you may lose your right to seek compensation.


There are some exceptions to the two-year deadline. For example, if the injury was not discovered until later (such as in a medical malpractice case), the clock may start ticking from the date of discovery rather than the date of the incident. In this case, it's typically one year from the discovery of the injury.

Consult With an Attorney

If you are unsure about the statute of limitations or other legal requirements for your personal injury case, it is always best to consult with an experienced attorney. This can help ensure that important details are not forgotten or lost over time, and can also help you avoid missing any deadlines or requirements. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and can also help you navigate the complex legal system.

At Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, we have over a hundred years of experience representing clients in personal injury cases throughout California. We understand the importance of timely and thorough legal representation, and we are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcomes. If you have been injured in an accident, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your legal options.

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