How soon must I file a lawsuit?
In California, for injuries which occur after January 1, 2003, the statute of limitations is two years. For injuries before this date, the statute is still one year. There are however numerous exceptions to this general rule. For example, the time to file may be shorter in the cases against public entities or in civil rights actions. The time may be extended in some cases, for example in those cases involving a minor. As a general rule, the earlier one sees an attorney after his injury the better. Delay in seeing an attorney often is to the benefit of the wrongdoer and seldom to the benefit of the victim.