The statute of limitations is two years, pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1.
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The statute of limitations for personal injury actions is 2 years (CCP section 335.1). However, if the product that caused your injury is a chemical product or pharmaceutical product, the injury may not immediately manifest itself. (For example, a person who is exposed to asberstos may not become aware of an injury from such exposure until more than 2 years after such exposure.) In such a circumstance, the discovery rule may apply. When applicable, the "discovery rule" permits a suit to be filed within a certain period of time (usually one year) after the injury and its cause (i.e., the negleigence of a third party) is discovered or should be discovered.
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Two years from the date you knew or should have known of the injury but for a minor (someone under 18 years old), it is two years after their 18th birthday or in other words, when they turn 20. But it is very complex for minors in medical malpractice cases in California. A California medical malpractice attorney should be able to tell you this if you give them the facts. You can also check my website at www.jdbohnlaw.com. I am a California personal injury lawyer and California medical malpractice lawyer.