An absolutely critical consideration for anyone injured due the negligence of others is the statute of limitations that applies to your case.  Pennsylvania, like all other states, has specific laws that limit how long you can wait to file a lawsuit for your injuries.  If you do not file your lawsuit within the time limits set forth in the law, you will be barred from pursuing your claim; you will lose your right to your claim for damages.  The limitations have different lengths of time for different types of cases.  Below are the different limitations for different types of cases.  Please understand that there may be more strict notice rules for different types of cases. The limits set forth below are general rules and should not be relied upon without the consideration of your specific case by an attorney.


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How long do you have to sue?

Personal Injury Claims Including Malpractice Claims Two  Years
Property Damage Claims Two Years
Contract Claims Four Years
Libel and Slander One Year
Intentional Torts One Year
Fraud Two Years

There are variants to statutes of limitations in Pennsylvania that can affect your case.  There may be notice rules that are shorter than the actual statute of limitations that can affect your right to sue.  There also may be laws or court interpretations of the statutes that may extend the statute of limitations as it pertains to your lawsuit.

Minors and the Statute of Limitations

Minors; children under 18, have an extended statute of limitations for their injury claims.  In a quirk of the law, this extension may apply to the claim for damages but not to a claim for medical expenses.

The Discovery Rule and Medical Malpractice Claims

There is a discovery rule for malpractice claims that may extend the statute of limitations for your case.  This means that if you could not discover the fact that you sustained injury due to the negligence of a doctor or other professional, the limitation on your ability to sue may be extended.  This rule is extremely case specific.  If you do not have to rely on it you should not plan on doing so.

The Effect of the Death of a Defendant and the Statute of Limitations

If the defendant who caused your injury dies during the running of your statute of limitations, the statute may be extended in your case.  Again, it may not be in your best interests to rely on this extension.  There may be other variants to the statutes of limitations but these are the general rules for filing suit in Pennsylvania.  The assistance and guidance of a lawyer is extremely important to protect your interests from the harsh results of a failure to conform to these laws.  If you have concerns about the statute of limitations applicable to your case, you should contact an attorney immediately.

If you were in a car or motorcycle accident, sustained an injury from aq dog bite or fall down incident, you must be careful to protect your case by filing a lawsuit within the time set forth by the Pennsylvania court system.  Be careful with your case and consult an attorney if necessary

Contact Attorney Matvey today at 724-709-7958 to discuss your accident case.