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 and New Jersey begin running the statute of limitations on a victim’s 18th birthday; which means a victim has until their 20th birthday to file 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.