When negligence on a construction site harms a person, he or she may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages. However, time is short to take action. Each state limits the time a person has to file a construction negligence claim. California’s rules are below.
A statute of limitations refers to the legal deadline for filing a lawsuit. The rules vary from state to state, but one fact remains consistent. Waiting too long can forever bar people from seeking justice and compensation for their injuries.
In California, the rules for filing a construction negligence claim are as follows:
An injured person must file suit within two years from the injury. If the injury was not discovered right away, then the limit is one year from the date the injury was discovered. The California statute of limitations applies after minors turn 18. For wrongful death actions, the time limit is two years from the date of the person’s death.
Those claiming property damage have three years from the date the damage occurred.
Claims against governmental entities have separate rules. An injured person must file an administrative claim against a government entity within six months of the incident.
It’s important to act immediately if you were injured, so you are able to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. In addition, evidence and witnesses become more difficult to uncover as time passes. The sooner an injured person or family member acts, the better an attorney can protect his or her rights.
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