Hermitage, PA asked in Personal Injury for Pennsylvania

Q: How long do you have to file a civil suit in Pennsylvania?

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  • Allentown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: This question is too general to be precisely answered. There are many different kinds of "civil suits," such as general personal injury or death, contract, defamation. There is no single statute of limitations for "civil suits." There are different statutes of limitations for different kinds of civil suits. If you are asking about personal injury suits, the basic rule is two years from the date of injury. However, if a minor is involved, it can be two years after the time the minor reaches majority. Sometimes, a person does not know that he/she has been injured. A classic example is a surgeon who leaves a sponge in the belly during an operation, which causes an infection years later. In such a case, the "discovery rule" may determine that the statute of limitations does not begin to run until that sponge is, or should have been, discovered. In short, you would need to meet with capable civil litigation counsel to have your case reviewed so that counsel can advise you what statute of limitations applies.

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