What is the Statute of Limitations in California?

“The silent touches of time.”

— Edmund Burke

Ah, the Statute of Limitations.  That’s a fancy way of saying how much time a person has to sue somebody.  It’s an important concept because if you don’t sue within the correct period, you can’t sue at all.

In California, there is not one Statute of Limitations.  There are several.  Here are 2 of the most important:

  • Personal injury lawsuits (ex. car wrecks, slip and falls) must be filed within 2 years from the date of the injury.
  • Property damage lawsuits (ex. laptop was stepped on) must be filed within 3 years from the date the damage occurred.

Certain circumstances can suspend the running of a statute of limitations (e.g. when the defendant is a minor or is insane).  In most circumstances, you have to sue within the correct period or you can’t sue at all.


Evan Walker

Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He is licensed to practice in California, Connecticut, and Louisiana. His entire practice has been in litigation.

Evan is from a small town outside of New Orleans. He attended law school in New Orleans, which was interrupted by Hurricane Katrina. After evacuating to Houston, Evan graduated in 2008 as part of the ‘Hurricane Katrina Class.’

After graduation, Evan worked for a New Orleans insurance defense firm. He defended insurance companies against Hurricane Katrina lawsuits brought by homeowners and business owners.

In 2010, he and his wife moved to New Haven, Connecticut, so his wife could complete a medical residency at Yale. During the next few years, Evan worked for Travelers Insurance Company defending countless personal injury lawsuits.

In 2014, he moved to San Diego so his wife could complete a medical fellowship at UCSD. He then opened his own firm to represent people after years of defending insurance companies.

Evan is a Featured Faculty at Attorney Credits, a CLE company, and a regular contributor to various podcasts and publications. He has also been interviewed by San Diego television stations about his cases and practice.

Evan spent almost a decade as a defense attorney who defended insurance companies from personal injury and property damage lawsuits. He knows how insurance companies bully people and deny claims. And he knows how to fight them.

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