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  • "A very special thanks. I don't know what I would have done without you. You were always there when I needed you. You helped to make the worst experience of my life so much easier to live with.

    - Nancy F.
  • “Richard Spencer was there for us from the day after my accident, representing me and my wife, and there throughout the whole lawsuit until it was settled.

    - Felix D.
  • A little over year ago I found myself in need of legal counsel. It's stressful enough when you are in an accident that stops your life as you know it.

    - Marie K.
  • My son and I were involved in a major car accident and my son was seriously injured. I met Richard and he got my son the maximum we could get.

    - Eran F.
  • I've used Mr. Spencer's services a couple of times now and could not be happier with the level of service, his professionalism, and the manner.

    - Gabriel S.
  • Richard is my GO TO ATTORNEY, I know he will take care of my legalities and I trust Richard in every aspect of handling my law case.

    - Sandra B.

How long do you have to press charges after an injury?

When you are hurt in a car accident or other dangerous situation, your first concern is probably the healing process. Whether your injuries are minor or you had a near brush with death, you should take the time you need to recover as fully as possible.

Your second concern, however, may be justice. If not for the negligence of another person, you would have never suffered in the first place. In addition, you probably also worry about the costs of the healing process, such as surgery expenses and lost income during a leave of absence from work. Because you believe these hardships are not fair, you might decide to sue the party at fault.

Don’t wait too long

Like other states, California has a law that determines how long you can wait to file a personal injury lawsuit. This law is called the statute of limitations. Once this time runs out, you will no longer be able to press charges.

In California, you have two years from the time of the injury to sue. It is best to begin the lawsuit as early as possible to avoid missing the cutoff. Waiting until after the deadline could prevent you from receiving potentially thousands of dollars in compensation.

Special circumstances

Some injuries arise from unique situations. Domestic violence, medical malpractice claims and birth-related injuries have different statutes of limitations due to the nature of these charges.

If chemical exposure causes an injury at work, for example, the victim might not see its effects immediately. Three years after leaving that job, the worker realizes that they suffer permanent brain damage. Although the general statute of limitations has passed, the law allows the worker to sue within two years of discovering the injury.

California’s statute of limitations aims to make sure that anyone seeking compensation does so within a reasonable amount of time. During this period, you can recover, find an attorney and begin gathering evidence together.

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22801 Ventura Blvd
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Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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