Wow -- my guess is that you are out of time. You must, however, check with an attorney that works in the field of personal injury litigation TOMORROW to see if you still have any rights to pursue a claim.
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There is a 2 -year statute of limitations. I would suggest that you make the effort to contact an attorney to see if there is anything that can be done. It is not likely, but, most attorneys provide for a free consultation.
As noted by attorney Coluccio, Pennsylvania has a two year statute of limitations meaning that you must file your lawsuit within two years after the accident. From the sound of it, your suit might be further barred by the limited tort election of your automobile insurance policy. Essentially, with the Limited Tort election, you give up the right to receive compensation for pain and suffering if you are injured in a car accident unless the injuries were serious.
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If you had limited tort, there is some case law that suggests that the statute of limitations does not start to run until your injury reaches the serious injury threshold. See Walls v. Scheckler, 700 A.2d 532 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1997). On this basis, my answer differs from the others. However, this is somewhat of an uphill battle. If you plan to pursue this, contact an attorney without delay.
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In the majority of jurisdictions, you have exceeded the time limit (statute of limitations) in which to sue. You should check the laws of the state where the accident occurred. Also, you will have an extremely difficult time proving that the accident was the legal and proximate cause of your current condition. You may wish to speak to an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability. Also, speak to your physician about SSD.
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