Personal Injury: How long is your legal claim valid for?

The legal claim to your personal injury case does not last forever. This is due to a statute of limitations – a deadline for filing a lawsuit. Once this deadline is passed, your legal claim is no longer valid. For California personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the injury. In other words, you only have two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. However, if the personal injury was not discovered immediately, then the statute of limitations is 1 year from the date of discovery.

If you are suing a government agency for a personal injury case, you must file a special “administrative claim” within 6 months starting from the date of the injury. There are exceptions – please either speak to a lawyer or review California Government Code section 905 and 911.2.

For more information, please visit

*The materials provided on this website are for informational purposes only. The materials are not for the purpose of providing legal advice. Please contact your legal counsel to obtain official advice regarding legal matters.

About Desiree Mohazab

Desiree Mohazab, founder of Doc411 (formerly known as California MPN Providers, Inc.) has been in the industry for 22 years. Desiree has a diverse background of experience and has worked with hundreds of doctors and lawyers throughout her career. In 1996, Desiree founded Doc411 from her home - during this time she spent many years going to court hearings and negotiating with attorneys to settle cases, all while managing billing collections. As an entrepreneur with the passion to transform the workers’ compensation and personal injury processes for everyone, she built a network of medical providers for attorneys and their clients. Over its 22 years in business, Doc411 has continued to grow, expanding its services to marketing for all medical providers, pharmacy, and laboratory services. Inspired by her father, a general surgeon and founder of Soraya Hospital in Shiraz, Iran who exhibited great compassion and dedication towards patients, Desiree continues to develop services that provide a better patient and professional experience.