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Statute of Limitations for Minors in Pennsylvania
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In Pennsylvania, generally speaking, adults have two years from the date of the incident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, Pennsylvania's statute of limitation laws provide special protection for minors. The two-year statute of limitations for civil suits resulting from an injury to an "unemancipated minor" (one who is not completely self-supporting) does not begin to take effect until that child reaches the age of 18. In other words, an individual has until age 20 to file a lawsuit for personal injuries which occurred while they were under the age of 18.
Why the Statute of Limitations Allows Additional Time for Minors
Sometimes, it can take years to measure the lasting effects of an injury, and a parent may not realize the extent of their child's damages. In other circumstances, a parent may not know their child has a potential lawsuit or may simply decide not to pursue a case for their child.
The law provides additional time for injured children in order to give an individual the opportunity to pursue a potential case for themselves once they are no longer a minor. Keep in mind, there may be hurdles in pursuing a case after a long period of time has passed. It is always better to seek legal advice sooner rather than later in injury cases involving children.
Contact a Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer for Knowledgeable Legal Advice
If your child has suffered a personal injury, an experienced attorney at Metzger Wickersham may be able to assist. With offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and York, we are able to conveniently serve clients throughout Pennsylvania. Our Harrisburg personal injury lawyers are backed by a large support team as well as the resources of one of Pennsylvania's most established law firms. With roots tracing back to 1888, our firm is dedicated to justice.
Don't let time run out! Pursue compensation by beginning a free case evaluation with our firm. Call (888) 286-2850 for more information about your legal options.