Sometimes my clients ask me how much time they have before a lawsuit needs to be filed. I explain to them that currently, California law allows them two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. This is known as the “statute of limitations.” Most cases resolve before a lawsuit is filed. Personally, I am a big believer in diplomacy, and I also like to save my client some money. Filing a lawsuit and engaging in litigation can be expensive and by nature, adversarial. Sometimes, settlements can be reached prior to that time. We may have to file a lawsuit to preserve the statute or if we find that we have exhausted other diplomatic means of settling the case. Keep an eye on that statute! If you miss it, you are likely out of luck.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia,