After an injury occurs due to someone else’s negligence, filing a claim may not be at the top of your priorities.
While recovering and taking care of your health or loved one’s health is top priority, it is important to know there are certain laws and rules that govern the personal injury process.
One being the Statue of Limitations.
The Statute of Limitations are laws that set time limits on how long you have to file a claim.
These time limits vary depending on the type of case you have and from state to state.
In Pennsylvania, there is a two-year statute of limitations in which an individual can pursue a claim to recover damages for personal injuries.
This limit applies to claims such as auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, premise and product liability claims.
In most cases, the statute of limitations begins at the time of your accident or injury. This occurs in any case where you are immediately aware of your injuries.
Occasionally, you may receive get extra time to take action if you were unaware of your injuries for a period of time after the incident. This is due to “the discovery rule.”
For example, this rule generally applies to medical malpractice claims.
You may have suffered complications due to medical malpractice, but your symptoms went undiagnosed for months. The court may allow you to consider the day you discovered the malpractice to be the date the statute of limitations begins.
If you have questions about how long you have to file your claim, or if you have a claim to pursue, you should contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green.
We offer free evaluations and can explain the applicable statute of limitations in your case.
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If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green. Our attorneys will provide you with a free no obligation consultation to evaluate your case. Call 412-661-1400 to speak with an attorney today.