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Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania
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"Statutes of limitations" are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a claim. These time limits vary depending on the type of case you have. Statutes of limitations also vary from state to state. Generally speaking, in Pennsylvania, there is a two-year statute of limitations that applies to any civil action in which an individual seeks to recover damages for personal injuries, or for the death of an individual, caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another person. This two-year time limit applies to claims involving auto accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death and various other types of personal injury cases.
When Does the Statute of Limitations Start?
In most cases, the two-year clock begins ticking from the date the incident occurred. In some instances, the statute of limitations may begin running two years from the date that an injured person discovered, or should have discovered, that their injury was caused by negligence or wrongful conduct. This is known as the "discovery rule." There are also special rules that apply to children.
In summary, the state of Pennsylvania allows 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the company you are filing the claim against. For claims that are against a city, county, or state government agency, the notice of intent to sue must be filed within 6 months.
Time Limit for Pain & Suffering Claims
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may also be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced. These are non-economic losses and under Pennsylvania law, you may be entitled to compensation for these intangible costs as well. Keep in mind, however, that there is also a time limit to bring these cases forward. The sooner you speak with an attorney, the stronger the case will likely be, especially as evidence disappears.
Contact a PA Personal Injury Lawyer before Time Runs Out!
Over time, evidence is lost, memories fade, and people want to move on with their lives. This is why statutes of limitations exist. The time restrictions set forth by law are intended to create fairness and practicality, so that legal actions do not drag on indefinitely. When you have suffered a personal injury, it's important not to delay taking action. You could lose your legal rights if you wait too long to file a claim.
With representation from Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers, you can pursue compensation. We will ensure that legal procedures are completed within the time limit and that we effectively research and represent your case. With Spanish speaking services and 24/7 availability, our firm strives to be the best in client services. We are backed by a no-fee guarantee, meaning that if we do not win your case, you don't have to worry about paying us any legal fees. By working together towards the same goals, we are able to achieve great results.
Time is of the essence in your case. Call (888) 286-2850 to speak with a Harrisburg personal injury attorney!