Frequently Asked Questions on Personal Injury Law
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in California is two years. The statute of limitations is the time limit an individual has to file a claim before they lose their right to pursue compensation. If your claim is against a government entity or employee the statute of limitations is shorter, being only six months
What Damages Can I Recover?
There are three types of damages available to pursue compensation for in a personal injury suit, economic, non-economic and punitive. Economic damages, as the name suggests, compensates for financial losses associated with suffering an injury such as medical expenses and the inability to work.
Non-economic damages compensate for the abstract losses an injury victim suffers such as emotional distress and pain and suffering. The last type of damages, punitive damages differ from the first two in that their main purpose is to punish the defendant. As such punitive damages are not often awarded. California does cap or limit, the amount in damages that can be awarded in some cases. An attorney from our firm can let you know if these laws will impact your case.