Preston Lim – Statute of Limitations in California
By Preston Lim | January 16, 2016What Exactly is a Statute of Limitations?
Simply put, a statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Most lawsuits must be filed within a certain time frame or it will no longer be valid. Below is a list of common causes of action and their respective statute of limitations in California:
Personal injury: Two years from the injury. If the injury was not discovered right away, then it is 1 year from the date the injury was discovered.
Breach of a written contract: Four years from the date the contract was broken.
Breach of an oral contract: Two years from the date the contract was broken.
Property damage: Three years from the date the damage occurred.
Claims against government agencies: You must file a claim with the agency within 6 months (for some cases, 1 year) of the incident. If the claim is denied, you can then file your lawsuit in court but there are strict limits to when.
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