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California Statute of Limitations

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You should always consult with an attorney to determine the time period for filing a lawsuit. Many laws and circumstances may effect the time period.



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Personal Injury Claims - 2 years

Medical Malpractice Claims - 1 year

Breach of Oral Contract - 2 years

Breach of Written Contract - 4 years

Fraud Claims - 3 years

Liabilities created by statute - 3 years

Claims to recover penalties - 1 year

Claims to recover wage waiting time penalties per Labor Code Section 203(a) - 3 years (Pineda v. Bank of America (2010) __ Cal.4th __).

Note: claims against governmental entities are generally subject to shorter time periods.

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