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Statute of Limitations: The Clock is Ticking to File Your Lawsuit... Literally.

"Statutes of limitations" set time limits for how long you have to file a lawsuit. These time limits depend on the type of legal claim and vary between states and the federal court system. The clock generally begins to run on the day of the accident for personal injury cases. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, even if you are seriously injured, you may be forever barred from making a claim.

Since The Oakes Firm is headquartered in Philadelphia, we focus on the statutes of limitations laws in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania statutes of limitations for civil cases are provided in Title 42, Part VI, Chapter 55, Subchapter B of the Pennsylvania Statutes. For your convenience, below are the various statutes of limitations in Pennsylvania for various civil-based claims.

New Jersey's statute of limitations for personal injury cases is also 2 years.

Please understand that this list may not be complete and that the laws may change at any time. For this reason, it is best to consult with a top-rated personal injury lawyer at The Oakes Firm as soon as possible to ensure you are preserving your rights when considering whether to file a lawsuit.


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