Personal injury

Pro se in personal injury

I will be appearing as a pro-se plaintiff in a personal injury/accident case. I have very good reasons for this - the main being the person at fault is no longer in the country, but I still want to get a judgement on record.

Now, because of travel reasons, I will be unable to attend hearings for the next couple of months. Can I request the court to postpone hearings till it is possible for me to appear? What is the process for doing this?

Nathan’s Answer

One would want to make sure they accomplished their goals of service, not getting a response, getting a default judgment on the record, possibly "proving it up" at a later hearing, etc. while being mindful of the statute of limitations (aka the time limit you're allowed to file lawsuit within). In California, very generally speaking, you have two years from the date of injury to file.

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