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Daughter Injured 3 Years Ago in Car Crash | Too Late to File a Claim?

The Law & You
March 4, 2020

The Law and You

Daughter Injured 3 Years Ago in Car Crash | Too Late to File a Claim?

My daughter was in a car crash 3 years ago. She seemed OK for a while but has taken a turn for the worse. Is it too late to bring a claim?

Haley Bianco: We’re here to deliver “The Law And You” coming your way! With us today we have Attorneys Greg Fellerman and Harry McGrath. So nice to have you both back!

Harry McGrath: I’m really happy to be here again.

Haley Bianco: It’s nice! We’re keeping Harry around this week.

Harry McGrath: Yep! Keeping me busy!

Greg Fellerman: He does a great job.

Haley Bianco: Yeah! He sure does. Let’s see what Harry has to say and Greg about this question from Alex in Plains. He says: “My daughter was in a car crash 3 years ago. She seemed OK for a while but has taken a turn for the worse. Is it too late to bring a claim?” Is there a time period?

Harry McGrath: So, for an adult in Pennsylvania with a personal injury case, the statute of limitations is two years, but thankfully when you have a minor, um, the statute runs until they’re 18. In this case, presuming that your child is still a minor, you’re going to be able to explore the case. It’s always difficult when time goes by to try and link someone’s injuries to an event that occurred three years before, but a lot of times what you see especially for young children is if they are in a car accident and they have a head injury that is something that can linger unfortunately for a while. It can manifest itself later on down the line. We’ve actually seen it quite a bit as of late so, you know there’s no reason not to explore this if you know even a couple of years have gone by.

Greg Fellerman: Correct. And with a minor, it’s 18 plus 2 so they get an extra 2 years from their 18th birthday. But, what do we always tell people? Don’t wait. Pick up the phone. If you have questions, we give free consultations. We’ll tell you your rights. We’ll tell you what you can and cannot do. And I think waiting three years without having any real information is not the smartest thing to do, so please pick up the phone. Call us. We give these free consultations all the time and it’s helpful.

Haley Bianco: More free legal advice.

Harry McGrath: Absolutely.

Greg Fellerman: On top of this.

Haley Bianco: Alright guys. Thanks for your time and advice today! If you have more questions for them give them a call, find them online and social media and for questions for the Law And You just send them to PAhomepage.com.

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