Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you must file your claim fast! Learn about the slip and fall statute of limitations in California in this video by Ventura slip and fall lawyer Craig Murphy.
People in California who’ve been injured in a slip and fall incident often want to know how long they have to file a claim. You have two years in California in which you can either settle your slip and fall claim or bring a lawsuit. Within that two-year period of time, you either settle it or you file your lawsuit. If the two year anniversary date passes and you haven’t settled it, or you have not yet filed a lawsuit, then you have essentially lost all your chances to get compensated for your injuries and damages from that slip and fall.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall, you should contact an attorney immediately. You shouldn’t wait until you start to approach that two-year deadline because oftentimes there is critical information that the property owner may have regarding your slip and fall and what caused it. You need an attorney right away to put them on notice and to make them preserve any evidence they have about what happened in your slip and fall. If that evidence is not preserved, you may lose the basis that you have to prove your case.
In any slip and fall case here in California, you have the burden of proof. You have to prove that the property owner was negligent, and their negligence caused you to fall and be injured. Say, for example, there’s video tape. That video tape may be able to prove your case, but if the video tape is on a loop, eventually it will record over itself and then reuse it. You need your attorney to put them on notification and tell them to save and preserve that evidence.
If you’ve been injured, do not wait. Contact an attorney right away. Get that attorney to get involved in your case, put the right parties on notice, so that you can preserve the evidence and protect your health and safety into the future.
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