How long do I have to bring a personal injury case in Pennsylvania?

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When a person is injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, there are laws in place that allow the injured victim to file a civil lawsuit. Various types of claims can be brought, such as a personal injury lawsuit. Furthermore, every state has set their own time limits for how long a person has to file a lawsuit for damages, which are known as the statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania for personal injury cases gives the injured person two years to file a lawsuit. This means that a person who was injured by someone else’s wrongdoing has two years from the date of injury to file a claim in court. For example, if a person was injured in a slip and fall accident or car accident, that person has two years from the incident date to file a claim. If the time limits expire before a lawsuit has been filed, the injured person can no longer file a claim for damages.

What Are Some Exceptions to the Statue of Limitations Rule in Pennsylvania?

There are some exceptions to this rule in Pennsylvania. One exception is known as the “discovery rule,” which provides an injured person with an extended time period for filing a claim. For example, if a person didn’t know that he or she was injured on the day of the accident, but found out days later, the statute of limitations would begin to run at the time the person knew about the injury or should have known about the injury. However, this rule only applies in limited cases.

The other exception applies to minors. For the purpose of this law, minors are children who are under 18 and who have not been emancipated. Pennsylvania law extends the time a minor has to bring a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations does not start until the minor reaches the age of 18. At that point in time, the person has two years from his or her 18th birthday to file a lawsuit in court, which means the person has until the age of 20 to file a personal injury suit.

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Because the statute of limitations can change and are critical to a case, it is important that anyone injured by someone else’s conduct talk with an attorney as soon as possible and not wait to file a lawsuit. If you would like to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in a free consultation, please contact us today at 215-569-1455 or start a live chat with us by clicking on the button located at the bottom of the screen.