If you are suing a Pennsylvania state agency or state official, you have to act fast. By Pennsylvania law, people seeking to sue state agencies like state universities, government departments, and state employees acting in their official capacities, have to follow a special procedure to prevent their claim from being dismissed.
The most important thing to know is that you have to send written notice of your intent to sue the state within six months of the date of the incident. Notice must include: 1) The name and address of the person or organization you are suing, 2) the name and residence of the person injured, 3) the date and hour of the incident, 4) the approximate location of where the incident occurred, and 5) the name and residence or office of any attending physician. That notice must be sent to the state department you intend to sue, as well at the Office of the Attorney General.
If you believe you have a case against an individual employee of the state government who was acting in their official capacity at the time of an incident, you have six months from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit. If you don’t bring your claim within six months, it will be barred.