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File Your Lawsuit with Help from A Personal Injury Attorney Before Time Runs Out

June 19, 2016

From the perspective of a personal injury attorney, it is very important for clients to understand that there are certain rules and time limits to any personal injury case that will be filed in the state (Commonwealth) of Pennsylvania. All states are very rigorous about their statute of limitation laws because the courts believe it is unfair for a person to be living under the shadow of a potential lawsuit for a long period of time. As a result, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has put statutes of limitations on virtually every type of lawsuit, including personal injury lawsuits. If you have a personal injury claim, you need to immediately hire a personal injury attorney who can meet the required deadlines so your claim is not lost or set aside.

You Need to File a Lawsuit Before Time Runs out

As a personal injury attorney, I know that the statute of limitations on filing a personal injury lawsuit in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is two years. What this means is that from the moment you are injured, you have 24 months in which to have an attorney file a lawsuit on your behalf. If you fail to meet the deadlines, there is a very high likelihood that the courts will refuse to hear your case either now or in the future because you’ve exceeded the statute of limitations. If you believe you are very close to the statute of limitations, meaning that you are approaching the 24-month mark from when the incident occurred, you need to hire an attorney immediately, who can help you meet your deadlines.

You Could Be Entitled to Compensation for Your Injuries

An accident-related injury can leave a person devastated and burdened with hefty medical bills. As an accident victim, it is not fair that you should have to deal with these bills on your own without a contribution from the person whose fault it was. By gathering evidence to prove that another party was negligent or responsible for your accident, I can seek compensation for –

  • The medical bills you have needed to pay-to-date along with what you may need to pay in the future.

  • Wage loss as a result of being unable to work or needing to work fewer hours.

  • Expenses associated with your care, etc.

  • Pain, suffering and inconvenience associated with your injuries

The key is to file your lawsuit in time so that you can seek compensation and damages.

There Are Few Exceptions to The Statute of Limitations Laws

It is important as a personal injury attorney to make the distinction between what average people see as intrinsically fair and what the courts find to be just. The *laws are designed to be broad based so they can apply to everyone equally. The laws are generally designed to allow you to be compensated for any injury that has been caused by another person’s negligence. At the same time, the court is also cognizant of the fact that sometimes injuries are discovered after a two-year period. Some injuries may or may not have been directly related to the incident itself. In fairness to the other party, the courts have developed laws to sort through what personal injury suits are appropriate to be filed after 24 months. There are a few cases in which the court may take into consideration the fact that the statute of limitations should be paused, like in the case of an injury to a minor who is not yet 18 years old. As a personal injury attorney, I can let you know if your case would qualify after reviewing all of the facts and applicable laws in your case.If you would like to learn more, please contact my office or provide me an email address for future blog postings.

NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.