Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

Often times, people who are injured as a result of negligence want to hold the other party responsible. This can be done through a personal injury lawsuit that works to hold the negligent party responsible for their behavior that caused the accident. Sometimes, people hesitate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit for a long period of time after an accident occurs. This may be due to the legal fees or the fear of causing further trouble. 

What many people do not realize is that personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis. This means they are only paid if an award is recovered, and it usually comes out of the award. It is important to not wait too long to pursue a lawsuit for a personal injury. This is because there is a statute of limitations on filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations

When a person is harmed in a personal injury accident, they can pursue a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation for any damages incurred as a result. However, it is important to do so within the period of time allotted to them by the law. This period of time is called the statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a deadline that victims of a personal injury accident are required to meet in order to file a claim. In the state of Pennsylvania, an injured party has a two-year statute of limitations from the date of the injury to file a claim for a personal injury case.

It is important to know that if they fail to do so before this deadline, the state of Pennsylvania may not allow them to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party.

Notice of Claim Requirements

When a person is injured due to the negligence of a municipality, there is a different process to hold them liable. In the state of Pennsylvania, the Sovereign Immunity Act releases the state’s immunity from certain types of injury cases. With this, residents are able to hold the state responsible for accidents and injuries due to their negligence. 

When this happens, the injured party must file a Notice of Claim to pursue a lawsuit. This notifies a municipality that the individual plans to bring a lawsuit against them for the accident. People in the state of Pennsylvania are given six months from the date of the injury to file a written Notice of Claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist injured parties during this time to fight for their rights.

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