Typically, an adult in Pennsylvania or New Jersey must file their personal injury lawsuit within two years of an incident. Both states treat child victims differently than adults.
Oftentimes, parents may not wish to subject a child to the rigors of a lawsuit, or the extent of a child’s injuries may not be fully known until they are older. To remedy these issues, Pennsylvania gives a child victim until their 20th birthday to file a lawsuit about an injury that occurred before they turned 18. New Jersey gives child victims until their 19th birthday to bring a lawsuit.
If your child was injured in Pennsylvania or New Jersey before their 18th birthday, they may be able to bring a lawsuit even though the injury occurred over two years ago. If you believe your child may have a case, it is critical that you contact an attorney as soon as possible.