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Posted On August 23, 2011 Personal Injury

How Long Do You Have to File an Injury Claim?

Unless injury victims file an injury claim within a certain period of time, they lose the ability to pursue injury compensation. Known as a statute of limitations, this period of time protects plaintiffs and defendants against unfair legal circumstances. To file an injury claim, Philadelphia injury victims should contact a Philadelphia injury attorney.

Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations

Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for personal injuries is two years from the date an injury occurs. However, if an injury cannot be discovered until later, the statute of limitations begins on the date the injury is discovered. This exception is known as the “discovery rule.” Most injuries are discovered within days of an accident, but some – such as nerve and brain damage – can surface months or even years later. If you experience health problems long after the date of your accident, call a Philadelphia injury attorney. Your health problems may be accident-related.

File a Claim as Soon as Possible

Although injury victims have up to two years to file an injury claim, they should consult with PA personal injury attorneys as soon as possible for three reasons:

  • As time passes, critical evidence can become difficult to obtain.
  • Details are reported most accurately immediately following the accident.
  • The responsible party and their insurance company have less time to devise defense strategies.

The sooner injury victims speak with PA personal injury attorneys, the stronger their chance for compensation.

Console & Associates P.C. Can Help

At Console & Associates P.C., we help injury victims pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, reduced earning capacity and other damages. Whether you discovered your injury days or years after the accident that caused it, call us today to for a free consultation.