Pennsylvania residents who have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others have the legal right to seek compensation for their losses. When going through treatment and recovery, though, filing a civil claim may be one of the last things on one’s mind. It is okay to wait until one is ready, but don’t wait too long to file a personal injury claim.
Every state has set limits on the amount of time one has to file civil lawsuits following a personal injury. Statutes of limitation are in place for two main reasons. The first is that they prevent people from being able to threaten legal action for an indefinite period of time. The second is to ensure evidence integrity is protected.
So, how long does one have to file a personal injury claim? According to state statutes, a victim has a total of two years from the date of injury to bring a lawsuit against anyone believed responsible. Once that two year mark has passed, one essentially gives up his or her right to seek compensation. However, there are some exceptions in certain situations.
A personal injury, whether it is minor to severe or has short-term or long-term consequences, can take a toll on one’s physical, emotional and financial well-being. Do not let relief get away by waiting too long to seek compensation. An experienced attorney can assist Pennsylvania residents by reviewing their cases and, if appropriate, filing and litigating any applicable legal claims in civil court in an effort to seek relief for any economic and non-economic damages they have sustained.
Source: FindLaw, “Pennsylvania Civil Statute of Limitations Laws“, Accessed on April 10, 2017