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Nearly everyone has heard the legal term “statute of limitations,” but not many people outside the legal industry fully understand what it means. The Irvine California personal injury attorney Samer Habbas makes client education a priority. To that end, here is a brief definition of California’s statutes of limitations.

personal injury lawyerStatutes of limitations exist in both the criminal and civil justice system in the U.S. For our purpose today, we will address the statute of limitations in civil proceedings. A “statute” is a law enacted by the legislature that puts a time limit on how long you have to pursue a legal remedy for wrongful conduct after the alleged conduct took place. After the statutory period for wrongful conduct has expired, the person injured by the conduct no longer has the right to file a lawsuit unless a legal exception applies to their particular situation.

People outside the legal professions are inclined to think that the statute of limitations is one concept applied to many different civil actions. However, there are many different statutes of limitations and exceptions, such as the statutes of limitations for the civil actions listed here:

Personal Injury 2 Years
Fraud 3 Years
Libel/Slander/Defamation 1 Year
Injury to Personal Property 3 Years
Product Liability 2 Years
Written Contracts 4 Years
Oral Contacts 2 Years

These examples represent only a handful of the many different statutes of limitations in California law. If you have been injured through the negligence of another person or entity, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible so as not to jeopardize your rights to pursue legal action.

Contact the law offices of California personal injury lawyer Samer Habbas today. He will be happy to explain your legal options and let you know the statute of limitations that applies to your potential cause of action.