California law requires that personal injury claims (other than medical malpractice) must be settled or filed in court within two years of the date of the injury. In health care malpractice claims an action must be filed in court within one year of the date that the patient knew or should have suspected that the care provider did something wrong which caused injury (with a maximum time period of 3 years). Failure to file an action in court within these time periods will prevent the injured party from seeking recovery from the wrongdoer. There are exceptions to these time periods and in some cases a formal written claim must be made within six months of the incident.
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, it is important that you immediately seek the assistance of legal counsel to determine the full extent of your rights and obligations with regard to the claim.
When you have been injured call the Law Offices of W. David Gurney for a free initial consultation. Practicing injury law for more than thirty years. 951-369-7800. Our attorney fees on personal injury claims can be as low as 25% of the amount recovered (plus costs). Call for information on contingency fees on medical malpractice actions.
Nothing in this column is intended as legal advice with regard to any specific case. An attorney/client relationship will only be established on signing a written fee agreement.