How long do I have to file an injury claim in California? I was hurt in a car accident in Santa Monica almost six months ago. The other driver ran a red light and hit my car.

Under California law, you have two years to file your claim, which is known as a statute of limitations.  Basically, the statute of limitations is the timeframe you have to pursue a legal claim against the negligent party. If you miss this deadline, you could lose your right to file a lawsuit to obtain monetary damages.

Even though you have two years from the date of your injury, you shouldn’t wait too long to talk with a Santa Monica car accident attorney.  The insurance company may try to pressure you to settle or sign papers; however, it would be wise to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer before doing so.

Contact our office today at (800) 989-6385 for a free legal consultation.  We represent clients throughout the state of California.
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982