If you’ve suffered injuries after a dog attack, you have the right to seek compensation. However, you will not have forever to file your claim. After a dog attack, be sure to consult with a California dog attack attorney right away. Silva Injury Law, Inc. is ready to help you.

What Is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a law restricting the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. The length of time provided by the statute of limitations will depend on the type of case and jurisdiction in which you wish to file your claim. Statutes of limitations typically range from two to four years. 

The Statute of Limitations for Dog Attack Cases in California

In California, the statute of limitations for dog attack cases is two years. Therefore, you have two years from the date of the incident to file your claim. However, if the victim is not aware of their injuries, the statute of limitations will not begin to run until the victim discovers or should have reasonably discovered their injuries.

When Does Tolling Occur?

When a statute of limitations is “tolled,” it is legally suspended for some valid reason. Tolling for dog attack cases typically occurs for one of the following reasons:

  • The dog attack victim is under 18 at the time of the incident;
  • The victim suffers from a mental incapacity; or
  • The dog owner or party responsible for the dog has left the state. 

Once the situation has been resolved, the statute of limitations will begin running. For example, if the victim is a minor, the statute of limitations will begin running once they turn 18.

What Happens If You Fail to File Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out?

Your best course of action includes filing your lawsuit well before the statute of limitations expires. This limits the risk of losing your opportunity to file your claim. If you fail to file your claim within the specified time, you will forfeit your right to seek compensation. While you are still allowed to file your lawsuit, a judge will more than likely throw out your case.

Don’t give up your chance to get financial recovery for your dog attack injuries. Consult with a California dog attack lawyer right away to begin working on your case as soon as possible.

Let a California Dog Attack Attorney Help You

The best way to ensure you get your fair shot at financial compensation for your injuries is to contact a dog attack lawyer to discuss your case. Your legal practitioner will work with you every step of the way, providing fierce legal representation in an effort to reach a fair settlement. Silva Injury Law, Inc. is ready to help you fight for the recovery you need and deserve. Our firm takes on even the most challenging cases, working diligently to get the fairest possible outcome. We’re proud to serve multiple California communities and protect the rights of injured parties. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case.