Every state has different laws when it comes to the time they allow for victims of accidents to file a lawsuit. The time permitted also goes by the term statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years from the time of the injury. That means you must file a lawsuit within two years or you may no longer have the ability to pursue compensation through the civil court system.
There are several types of injuries and accidents that fall under the two-year statute of limitations. If your accident or injury falls into one of these categories, make sure you do not wait longer than two years from the time of the injury to begin the legal process for filing your claim.
1. Birth injuries
Birth injuries are a type of medical malpractice personal injury lawsuit. Birth injuries occur when the mother and/or newborn suffer an injury due to medical malpractice during the birth. There are many common types of birth injuries that result from malpractice on the part of doctors and nurses, including fractures, hemorrhages and brain damage.
2. Motor vehicle accidents
Truck and car accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury lawsuits. Distracted drivers, fatigued truckers, drunk drivers and a range of other forms of negligence on the road can be responsible for causing serious motor vehicle accidents resulting in catastrophic injury.
3. Medical malpractice
There are many types of medical malpractice that result in injury due to negligence on the part of the medical professional. This type of lawsuit also falls under the two-year statute of limitations in Pennsylvania. If you suspect that you are a victim of medical malpractice, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. A doctor’s mistake can alter your life forever, and if you miss your two-year window of opportunity, you may not be able to seek the compensation you deserve.