Accident victims have a long road to recovery ahead of them. They need to get medical treatment to right their health. They may have to spend time away from work, leaving them without as much income as they had before. They may be left with a damaged vehicle. With so many details in need of attention, it is easy for time to get away from them.
However, accident victims must take legal action within the statute of limitations in order to receive the compensation they are due. It is essential to keep these deadlines in mind if you have been injured because of another person’s actions.
Personal injury victims have a limited amount of time to file.
When an adult suffers an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, they generally have two years to file a lawsuit from the date of the injury. This means that waiting to seek medical attention until weeks, months or even a year after the injury has no effect on the deadline for filing a suit.
Pennsylvania makes exceptions for underage victims.
Because victims under the age of 18 face additional challenges, their opportunity to file a lawsuit lasts until two years after they become a legal adult. This legal exception delays the statute of limitations, allowing parents to focus on caring for their child and allowing children who cannot yet tell their guardian about their injuries to benefit from these lawsuits. However, waiting to file will leave parents responsible for their child’s medical expenses in the meantime.
What happens if time runs out?
If a victim does not file a lawsuit within this timeline, the defendant can ask the judge to dismiss the case based on the statute of limitations. This makes it especially important for injury victims to speak to an attorney as soon as possible so that they can ensure that they meet deadlines, collect necessary documentation about their injuries and get the compensation they deserve.