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Understanding the statute of limitations after your accident

In the case of a car accident, most individuals are able to quickly recognize any injuries or pains that they sustain, either in the moment or within a few hours. However, in some cases, such as bruising under the skin, internal bleeding or other non-topical injuries, it may not be so easily noticeable.

So what are your options if you realize you did receive personal injuries due to a car accident that was not your fault? You may be able to seek damages if it is within the proper statute of limitations.

What is a statute of limitations?

In short, this is the timeframe in which the courts allow you to seek reparations from the negligent party after you sustain an injury. This time frame varies depending upon the type of lawsuit you are considering as well as your location. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is two years, as detailed in Title 42 Section 5524 of the Pennsylvania law.

When does it apply?

In determining when your two years starts, there are two main options. Most commonly, the timeframe will start the date of the accident. From that date, you have up to two years to make your claim.

The alternative to this would be in the case of a wrongful death suit, where the injured party dies after the date of the accident, but due to injuries sustained during the incident. In such instances, the timeframe begins from the date that the injured party died.

In either case, it is important that you gather as much information as possible to be able to prove your claim that the incident caused your harm. The longer that you wait to file your lawsuit, the harder it may become to prove your case. However, with the right help, you may be able to make a reasonable plea and receive just compensation for you or your loved one’s pain and suffering.

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