Is It Too Late to File?

November 29, 2013

The law imposes deadlines for filing claims for workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury lawsuits. In fact, your workers’ compensation claims may be denied if you do not notify your employer within 120 days of your accident.

The statute of limitations is a timeframe within which a legal action must be taken. You should know how long you have to file a legal claim in civil court for losses and damages suffered because of the negligence of others. Otherwise, you could jeopardize your chances for recovery.

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury matter is generally two years from the date of injury. Despite the two-year window of opportunity, however, be aware of other possible limitations regarding filing your injury action, including:

*        If you were injured by a township or municipal employee, the deadline for filing your legal action or notifying the entity about your injury may be far less than two years.

*        Waiting two years before performing an investigation into the cause of your accident and commencing a personal injury lawsuit may result in lost evidence and forgotten witness testimony.

If you were injured in an accident in Berks County or Philadelphia, speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney at the outset of your case is an essential step for preserving evidence and your legal claim for compensation.