Is there a time limit on filing a claim?

California law requires a victim to file a claim or lawsuit within a predetermined amount of time from the date of injury. This is known as a “statute of limitation” and it differs according to the type of injury. Here’s a breakdown of the maximum time frames you can file in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Injury to Person – 2 years
  • Libel/Slander – 1 year
  • Trespassing – 3 years
  • Fraud – 3 years
  • Damage to Personal Property – 3 years
  • Professional Malpractice:
    • Legal – 1 year from discovery; maximum of 4 years from the act
    • Medical – 1 year from discovery; 3 years if injury is known
    • Veterinary – 1 year from injury/death of animal
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