When filing for a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania or any other state, you will have to face some imposed statutory limits on the time you have to file a civil suit in court after you have suffered some harm.
The time deadlines are all different depending on the type of case that you want to file. The statute of limitations of personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of the injury. Once you fail to file your lawsuit before the closure of the two-year window, the law courts will not listen to your case. You will end up losing your compensation. Therefore, the earlier you take action the better.
If your injuries were as the result of an employee or agency of the government, be it local or state, for you to get compensation, you need to follow a particular set of different rules. First, you need to place a formal claim with the right governmental agency.
Do you share some fault in the injury?
If you share the faults of the accident that you filed a claim to, the total amount of compensation that you can receive will be negatively affected. The laws in Pennsylvania on shared faults follow a “modified comparative negligence rule.” The total amount of your compensation will reduce by the percentage of your responsibilities. If the fault of the injury is found to be more than 50 percent, you will not be entitled to any compensation.
This information is meant to educate about personal injury. It is not legal advice by any means.