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How Long Do I Have To File a Car Accident Claim?

If you have been in a car accident, you may be more focused on recovering your health rather than the financial compensation you deserve for your injury. However, it is important to remember that there is a strict statute of limitations on filing a claim in California. What is a statute of limitations? Basically, it is a time limit on how long after an accident you will have to file a claim. If you do not file a car accident lawsuit within the correct timeframe, the court will likely refuse to hear your case.

The Statute of Limitations in California

California has a two year statute of limitations for car accident claims. So when does the clock start ticking? If you were injured in any type of automobile accident, you will have specifically two years from the original date of the accident. If you are seeking to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a lost loved one, you will have two years from the actual date of death if it differs from the accident date.

If you do not bring your case forward before time runs out, you could lose your opportunity to obtain compensation.

This could include the following:

  • Lost wages or loss of earning capacity
  • Long-term care expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Therapy costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship

You cannot afford to miss out on your window to file a claim! Whether you have lost a loved one or are suffering a debilitating injury, it is crucial that you get the compensation you deserve.

Pursue a Claim Today

If you are concerned about having enough time to file a claim and want counsel for your case, be sure to call on our Fresno car accident lawyers. We have more than 25 years of experience and are dedicated to securing favorable outcomes for our clients.

Contact us today if you would like to schedule a free consultation.

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