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How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

Have you suffered injuries caused by another person's negligence? If you have, you may have the right to seek compensation for your losses. To do this, you would have to file a personal injury claim in a Pennsylvania civil court.

Personal injury claims, even if all the evidence seems in your favor, can be difficult to endure. They can take time -- typically much longer than most people expect. Waiting to file this type of claim may only hurt you in the long run.

Statutes of limitations

After an accident or other event resulting in injury, one of the last things you may be thinking about is taking legal action. It is understandable, you have a lot of other things on your plate. However, there are statutes of limitations in place for personal injury claims. This means that you cannot wait forever to file a civil claim against those responsible for your losses.

Details concerning PA's statutes of limitations

Why are statutes of limitations in place? Statutes of limitations are put in place for a couple of reasons. Reason number one is that it prevents a person from threatening legal action against the responsible party indefinitely. Reason number two is to protect evidence integrity.

So, what is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania? According to state laws, an injured person has two years from the date of injury to file civil claims. After that time runs out, the chances of achieving any level of compensation outside of what insurance may offer are pretty low.

Take your time, just make sure it is not too long

A personal injury can have both short-term and long-term consequences. It can take a physical, financial and emotional toll on your life, and it can also affect the lives of your loved ones in numerous ways. Financial relief can help you on your path to recovery, but you cannot seek to obtain it without taking the appropriate steps.

With legal assistance, you can file any claims applicable to your case against those responsible for your losses. If litigation proves successful, the court may award you a monetary judgment for any documented damages such as your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering -- among various others.

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