What’s the Statute of Limitations on Filling a Wrongful Death Suit in California?
Almost all civil and criminal cases have some type of statute of limitations that limits how long an individual or entity has to file a lawsuit. These time limits can vary by state and in California there are actually several different statutes of limitations that may affect how long you have to file your lawsuit. If you believe you have a case then your first step should be to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas for a free case evaluation.
In most cases you have two years to file your wrongful death case
In almost all situations, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the death or the injury that eventually caused the death. Figuring out which of these options applies to your case – the date of injury or the date of death – can be challenging and numerous factors will be involved. Your best option is to call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free case evaluation of your wrongful death case.
There are exceptions to the two-year rule
There are a few exceptions to the idea that you generally have two years to file a lawsuit. One of them involves medical malpractice. In the event that a health care provider was negligent then you have three years from the date of injury. However, there’s also an exception to this rule: If took you some amount of time to discover that you were injured, then the statute of limitations begins either when you first discovered the injury or when you should have discovered the injury – whichever comes first.
Another exception is a case that involves a government tort liability. For example, if you get into a car accident with a vehicle that’s owned by a city of state entity, or if you have a medical malpractice issue with a county or state policy. Then you actually get less time. In these cases, you generally need to file a claim at the right location within six months of the date of injury.
Wrongful death cases can be very complicated
Figuring out when the statute of limitations began for your case is just one of the complicated factors. The truth is that this is a very complex, difficult issue that should be handled only by a personal injury attorney with the experience to get you through it. Attorney Vargas has decades of experience and is here to provide you with the comprehensive representation you need.
To learn more about your options, or to get your free case evaluation, call Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 today. We are here to help you through your difficult time and to ensure you get the compensation you’re deserved.