Statute of Limitations – Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney Explains Why Time is of the Essence

Statute of LimitationsThe decision to pursue a personal injury lawsuit is not always an easy one to make. However, when you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to another’s negligent conduct, you deserve to seek recovery as allowed by law. When it comes to any lawsuit, there are certain laws called “statutes of limitations” that govern how much time an injured individual has to file a complaint or petition. Statutes of limitations vary based on what state you live in, and what the nature of your lawsuit is. All states can determine these rules on their own, and some states provide the injured with more time than other states.

What Are the Statutes of Limitations in Your State?

The attorneys at Lundy Law provide legal services to individuals from all across the country, however, they have offices located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, as a significant portion of their clientele live in these states. As such, the information below pertains to personal injury lawsuits these three states. If you would like information on the statutes of limitations in other states, please contact Lundy Law so that our attorneys can assist you.

  • Pennsylvania: 2 years from the date the injury occurred or 2 years from the date you discovered, or should have discovered, that your injury was caused by another’s negligent conduct.
  • New Jersey: 2 years from the date the injury occurred.
  • Delaware: 2 years from the date the injury occurred or 2 years from the date you discovered, or should have discovered that your injuries were caused by another’s negligent conduct.

You may notice that both Pennsylvania and Delaware have what’s called a “discovery rule” for personal injury actions. This simply means that you can have 2 years to file a lawsuit from the date you discovered you were injured, and that your injury may have been caused by another’s negligence. New Jersey does adopt this discovery rule in some situations, such as certain medical malpractice cases, but there is no explicit discovery rule for general personal injury cases.

As an injured individual, you don’t want to worry about the legal aspects of your case, as that job will be left up to your attorney. However, having a general understanding that there are time limits for filing a lawsuit is essential to protecting your rights and interests if you have in fact been injured due to another’s negligence.

Contact the Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys of Lundy Law Today For Your Free Consultation

Personal injury cases come in many shapes in forms. Whether you have been bitten by a dog, fallen at a friend’s pool, or have suffered injuries as the result of an automobile accident, among other injuries, you have a certain period of time available to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Because all states differ as to the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, it is imperative that you have a thorough understanding of what potential claims you may have in regards to the injuries you or your loved ones have suffered. Given that you only have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit, it cannot be stressed enough that time is of the essence. At Lundy Law, our highly seasoned Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys have extensive experience helping clients file personal injury lawsuits for all types of injuries. With offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, our attorneys can quickly conclude whether or not you still have time to file a lawsuit. If you would like to discuss your potential case with one of our attorneys, contact Lundy Law today to schedule your free consultation by calling (800) LundyLaw.