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Are There Exceptions to Incidents of Negligence?

It is important to understand that while negligence can be broadly defined, there are certain exceptions involved in some cases. For example, a premises liability claim may arise after a person slips due to a wet store aisle. While the property owner has a responsibility to keep their space hazard-free, the patron must also exercise reasonable care. If there was a warning sign or an obvious spill in front of them, the property owner may not be held liable.

Similarly, a car accident may involve multiple at-fault parties. If you were also distracted while driving, you could be held partially responsible for an accident involving a driver who was texting. Comparative negligence will determine if you can pursue damages or not.

Time Limit for Injury Cases Involving Negligence

Depending on the type of accident or incident that caused your injury, you may have limited time to file a claim. Statute of limitations are laws that dictate how long you have to file a claim after another party's negligence caused your injuries.

Typically, most injury and wrongful death cases in Pennsylvania involve a two-year statute of limitations. There may be cases where an extended timeframe is provided, such as in child injury cases. You may also have a shorter window of time if you are bringing a case against a government party.

Need to find out if negligence caused your injuries? Discuss your case with our Harrisburg personal injury lawyers-call (888) 286-2850.