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Pennsylvania Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

There are time limits for filing a civil lawsuit, referred to as the statute of limitations. These limits are meant to ensure that potential plaintiffs can't threaten lawsuits indefinitely, and to protect the integrity of evidence (including eyewitness testimony). Pennsylvania civil statute of limitations laws impose a two-year limit on personal injury, trespass, and fraud claims.

Pennsylvania's civil statute of limitations laws are explained in the following chart. See Time Limit Considerations in Medical Malpractice Claims for more information.

Injury to Person 2 yrs. Tit. 42§5524(1)
Libel/Slander 1 yr. Tit. 42§5523(1)
Fraud 2 yrs. Tit. 42§5524(7)
Injury to Personal Property 2 yrs. Tit. 42§5524(3)
Professional Malpractice 2 yrs. Tit. 42 §5524(7), (8)
Trespass 2 yrs. Tit. 42 §5524(4)
Collection of Rents 21 yrs. Tit. 42§5530(2)
Contracts Written: 20 yrs. under seal; 4 years other Tit. 42 §5529(b); 5525(8); Oral: 4 yrs. Tit. 42§5525(3)
Collection of Debt on Account 2 yrs. Tit. 42§5524
Judgments 4 yrs. Tit. 42 §5525(5)

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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