Can a personal injury claim be filed quite a bit later than an incident happened?

Asked almost 3 years ago - Philadelphia, PA

I was in a minor fender bender over a month ago, and just had a personal injury claim filed against me. Can they do that that much later?


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  1. Charles Thomas Jr.

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . One month? I'm surprised it's that fast. No, really.

    The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in PA is two years. Typically, sometime after the accident a claim is filed with insurance, who then (most of the time) pays it. The cases that don't get paid out right away linger, sometimes right up until the two year mark. THEN a case is filed.

    So, yeah. A month is really quick.

  2. Christian K. Lassen II


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Yes. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is 2 years for car accident cases.

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  3. Matthew A. Dolman


    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . Yes. As long as the claim is filed within the statute of limitation in your jurisdiction (Pennsylvania). It would be prudent to contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible to alert them of the claim (if they are not already aware) and they will handle the claim and assign an attorney in the event that the injured party files a lawsuit.


    This advice should not be construed as forming an attorney-client relationship.

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