Statute of limitations laws for common California legal disputes

If you live in California and are considering filing a lawsuit, there may be certain deadlines you must meet in order to do so. Depending on the type of lawsuit you wish to file, you may have a limited amount of time from the date you suffered an injury or uncovered wrongdoing to file your claim, and if you miss this deadline, you are typically out of luck. At Lange Law Corporation, we understand the importance of adhering to California’s statute of limitations laws when filing lawsuits, and we have assisted many clients whose attorneys failed to heed them pursue appropriate legal recourse.

Per the Judicial Branch of California, many California legal disputes arise over personal injury claims. If you hired an attorney to help you with such a case, you and he or she have exactly two years from the date you suffered your injury to file a lawsuit. If, however, you did not realize you suffered an injury until sometime later, you and your attorney have one year from the day you found out about it to file a claim.

If you are looking to file a claim alleging breach of contract, California has different statutes of limitations for written and oral contracts. You have four years from the day the contract breach occurred to file a claim regarding a written breach of contract, and two years from the day the breach occurred to file a claim for an oral contract.

If you are looking to file a lawsuit against a government agency, you typically have six months from the date your incident occurred to do so. In some cases, however, you may have up to one year to file a claim with that particular agency. If you receive a denial after filing your claim, you may, depending on circumstances, be able to take your case to court. Adhering to California’s statute of limitations laws is critical if you want your case to move forward, and your attorney has an obligation to do so once he or she accepts your case. Find more about legal malpractice on our web page.