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The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

Filing Sooner Rather Than Later

Being injured in an accident can be devastating, as you have to deal with recovery from your injuries while working through financial losses from missed work. Filing a claim for your injuries is a good option, but you should know you only have a certain amount of time to seek compensation before you lose your right to sue. Keep reading to learn more about the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania.

How Long You Have to Seek Compensation

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, you may be wondering how long you have to take legal action. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury. This means that if you do not file a lawsuit within two years, you will most likely be barred from doing so.

There are some exceptions to this rule, however. For example, if you were in a car accident and did not realize you had a serious injury until a year later, you would have three years from the date of discovery to file a lawsuit.

Additionally, if the person who caused your injury was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, you may have up to two years from their 18th birthday to file a lawsuit. So, if you were in a car accident with a 16-year-old driver, you would have until they turned 20 to file a lawsuit.

Consult With a Personal Injury Attorney

If you are not sure whether or not you have a case, the best thing to do is speak with a personal injury attorney. They will be able to review the details of your case and let you know what your options are. At Statt Law, we understand how devastating it can be to be injured and worried about your options. We will help you seek the compensation you deserve.


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