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What is the statute of limitations in PA for personal injuries?

The statute of limitations in PA for personal injury cases is the timeline that a victim has in order to bring a personal injury claim. As the victim, you have to get your case started by the deadline. Otherwise, no matter how obvious it is that the other side is responsible for your injuries, a personal injury attorney can easily have the case dismissed. The statute of limitations in PA for personal injuries is a time limit to have a case started formally in a Pennsylvania court. Our personal injury law firm explains the Pennsylvania statute of limitations.

What is the statute of limitations in PA for personal injuries?

The statute of limitations in PA for personal injuries is two years. The law for the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania is Pennsylvania statute 42-5524. In order to receive financial compensation, the victim must formally start their case by filing legal pleadings in the right court by the statute of limitations deadline. The statute of limitations in PA is a time deadline of two years for personal injury victims to bring their legal claim for payment.

What is the statute of limiations for property damage in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations for property damage in Pennsylvania is two years. Just like the time limit for personal injuries, a person who is the victim of property damage in Pennsylvania has two years from the date of the damage in order to initiate their claim. There are a few exceptions that toll the statute of limitations, but the general statute of limitations for property damage in Pennsylvania is two years.

How long is the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania depends on the type of case. Some of the statutes of limitations for various types of cases include:

  • Personal injury – two years
  • Property damage – two years
  • Criminal offenses – two years for some offenses, up to no limit for serious offenses
  • Breach of contract – four years
  • Claims against government entities – may require notice to the government body very quickly after the claim accrues

To know the statute of limitations in Pennsylvania, you must know the kind of case that you have.

Pennsylvania statute of limitations and John Doe defendants

The State of Pennsylvania recently amended the law as it relates to John Doe defendants. In some cases, the victim doesn’t know who the plaintiff is in the case. They might know the business but not individual employees, or they may not have the name or identity of anyone involved. Pennsylvania Rule 2005 now allows suits against John Doe defendants in order for the victim to be able to begin a case by the statute of limitations. An experienced attorney can help you properly assert a John Doe defendant claim.

How our personal injury law firm can help

The personal injury attorney team at Randy H. Kaplan Law Offices can help you beat the statute of limitations deadline and prove your claim. We’re accepting new clients. Call us today to review your case.



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