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What is the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case?

The statute of limitations, which is the law that sets the maximum period that someone can wait before filing a lawsuit, varies from state to state. It also depends on the type of case involved — whether it be personal injury, property damage, breach of contract or another type.

For personal injury cases, New Jersey and Pennsylvania both have two-year limits. The statute of limitations is critical because the clock starts ticking from the date of an injury, and the injured party must file a lawsuit in court against the responsible party within the two-year timeframe set then. After the two-year period has lapsed, courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will likely reject any personal injury case, and the injured party’s opportunity to recover compensation will be lost.

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