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Time is ticking! How much time is left to file your lawsuit?

In every state there are statutes in place which provide a time limit for filing a lawsuit.  These time limits (in legalese called "Statute of Limitation") vary from state to state, and they also vary depending on the type of legal claim you are trying to raise (i.e. personal injury, medical malpractice, contract disputes to name but a few).  The clock starts ticking for the statute of limitation on the date your legal claim arises or accrues.  If you are injured in a car accident, for example, the statute of limitations clock would start ticking on the date of the accident.  There are a few exceptions that will permit a longer statute of limitations period.  If you try to file a lawsuit beyond the statute of limitations your case will be dismissed!

As of the date of this blog post in Pennsylvania the following statutes of limitations apply to the following types of legal actions:

  • Fraud, 2 years
  • Medical Malpractice, 2 years
  • Personal Injury, 2 years
  • Wrongful Death, 2 years
  • Contract Disputes, 4 years

These laws are subject to change by the legislature.  If you believe you have a legal claim you should contact an experienced attorney right away so your claim is not time barred.  It is important to contact an experienced attorney well before the time limit so there is time for the attorney to investigate your claim, gather critical documents and witness which may be the key to winning your case.

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