How Long Do I Have to File a Civil Action Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

When filing a lawsuit, there is something called a statute of limitations. In simple terms, this is the time after an accident during which a lawsuit can be filed. Applying a statute of limitations ensures that the case is pursued with reasonable diligence. It also prevents a lawsuit from arising 20 years after the incident, at which point memories, details, and evidence of the accident will be difficult to identify and even more difficult to prove.

It’s important to note that the “reasonable” length of time provided for filing a claim varies from state to state, and varies based on the type of lawsuit filed.

Pennsylvania’s statutes of limitations for civil action lawsuits is as follows:

Personal Injury

2 years

Insurance Bad Faith

2 years

Insurance Policy Breach of Contract and PIP Claims

4 years

Medical Malpractice

2 years

Slander, Libel, Defamation and Violation of Privacy

1 year

Damage to Personal Property

2 years

Many civil actions are given a 2-year limitation from the date of the incident, or the date of discovery, but some are less than that. Visit the Pennsylvania State Code for more information.

When you need to file a civil lawsuit, contact a Schuylkill County personal injury attorney at our office.

We at Anthony Urban Law Offices, P.C. have represented civil lawsuit clients for over 5 decades, and we are dedicated to protecting your rights. Whether you have suffered an injury, are seeking workers’ compensation, or need assistance securing your Social Security disability benefits, our personal injury lawyers are here for you.

Call (888) 268-0023 now to begin discussing your civil action lawsuit.