There are many reasons to seek legal counsel immediately after a car accident, motorcycle accident, or any incident where you’ve suffered injuries. One reason is the statute of limitations. This law limits the amount of time you have to seek damages. If you don’t get legal support quickly, you may not be able to sue at all. We’ll explain the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania, its exceptions, and when you should seek legal counsel below.
Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years. This may seem like a lot of time, but often people miss the deadline. After you’ve suffered an injury, you may be too focused on getting medical treatment and trying to hold your life together to seek legal support. Many people don’t realize that they have limited time to pursue action—and that a case can’t be filed overnight.
If it is nearing the two-year mark since your accident, reach out to the team at the Law Firm of Fenters Ward today. We’ll work hard to get your case started before the deadline passes.
If it has been more than two years since your car accident or other personal injury incident, you likely can’t pursue your case. There are only two exceptions to the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Pennsylvania, and we will have to prove your case meets these conditions to the judge.
The exceptions to the statute of limitations are:
If you were under the age of 18 at the time of the motorcycle or car accident, we can argue that the statute of limitations countdown should only start when you turn 18. The court doesn’t expect minors to fully understand their legal options. However, this means the timer does start when you turn 18, which means you have until you turn 20 to begin your case. This exception doesn’t apply to emancipated minors, who are recognized as independent.
If the person you’ll be taking to court attempted to hide or left the state for more than four months, the time they hid isn’t counted to the two-year limit. If they remained in the state, they must have used a false name to hide. We must be able to demonstrate they did this.
What To Do If You’ve Been in a Car or Motorcycle Accident
If you have been in a motorcycle or car accident, or another personal injury incident, the very first thing you should do is reach out to us at the Law Firm of Fenters Ward (after you have received emergency medical care). Do not call your insurance, speak to the police, or go on social media before speaking with us.
Not only does this ensure you don’t unwittingly give out false information that can be used against you, but it also ensures that your legal counsel has the time they need to create your best case before the statute of limitations is up. As your Pittsburgh personal injury lawyers, we will support you through this challenging time and will start gathering evidence and creating legal arguments right away.
Reach Out to the Law Firm of Fenters Ward As Soon As Possible
Personal injury lawsuits are life-changing. When you or a loved one are injured by the carelessness of another, you are entitled to full and fair compensation under the law. Let us deal with the insurance companies and bill collectors. At the Law Firm of Fenters Ward, we stand by you from the time you are injured, through medical treatment, and work tirelessly to get you the meaningful compensation you and your family deserve.