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Statutes of Limitations

Guidance from California Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Even though the law recognizes and in some ways respects how difficult it is for survivors to come forward, it also imposes time limits for filing lawsuits related to sexual abuse or mental health malpractice.

Sexual Abuse Claims

In California, survivors of childhood sexual abuse must file a lawsuit before their 26th birthday or within three years of the date of discovery, whichever is later (Note, however, that if the abuse took place at a public school or in some other type of government-run facility, time limits may be as short as six months from discovery).

Mental Health Malpractice Claims

Mental health malpractice claims must usually be filed within one year of the discovery of the injury. However, the time limits for filing a mental health malpractice lawsuit involving government employees or government-run facilities can be much shorter.

Statutes of limitation often contain exceptions, as well as exceptions to those exceptions. In short: It's complicated, and you should not assume that you have any time to waste before contacting a lawyer about your potential claims.

Free, Confidential Consultations

At the Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D., we focus all of our efforts on helping survivors of mental health malpractice and sexual abuse primarily in the state of California. Attorney Dr. Joseph C. George's background and training as a clinical psychologist combined with our extensive experience have allowed us to achieve successful results in many cases where the statute of limitations posed a serious legal challenge. You can trust our sexual abuse lawyers in California to provide you with the strong representation you deserve.

Don't risk losing your legal right to seek compensation from your abuser, from the institution that allowed it to happen, or from those who covered it up or could have prevented it. Call (916) 623-4914 at any time, day or night — or contact our California sexual abuse attorneys online. Servicios de Traducción en Español Disponibles.

  • Ph.D in Psychology

    Joseph C. George earned a Ph.D. in psychology and was an active duty clinical psychologist in the United States Air Force for 12 years.

  • Decades of Experience

    Collectively, our legal team has more than 30 years of trial experience in fighting for the rights of Californians.

  • Well-Rounded Team

    Attorney Joseph George Jr. is a former deputy district attorney; Attorney Maricar Pascual was the national champion in appellate advocacy

  • Honest Communication

    We value each of our clients; everyone deserves respect and clear communication. We never leave our clients in the dark.