Statute of Limitations on Asbestos Claims in Pennsylvania

Every state has its own set of statutes of limitations for personal injury claims that will stop an injury claim being filed or upheld by the court once that statute expires. The statutes apply to any sort of injury claim, including those filed for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma claims. In Pennsylvania, there is a two-year statute of limitations on claims for personal injuries, product liability, and wrongful death, all of which may come up in an asbestos exposure claim.

Marking the Cause of Action Date

A statute of limitations begins on the first date that would give the plaintiff cause of action, or a reason to file a lawsuit against an offender or liable party. For most cases, the cause of action date is the same day the injury occurs. In a car accident claim, for example, the statute of limitations would start the day of the collision, given that all of the plaintiff’s injuries were obviously caused by that crash.

The cause of action date does not mean when the injury or illness began, though. It actually means when the injured party became aware of the injury, or should have become aware of the injury if they had been acting reasonably. A car crash victim should reasonably notice a bone fracture that same day, but someone who has been exposed to asbestos and developed mesothelioma or another health complication is not likely to know right away.

For this reason, most asbestos exposure claims have a two-year statute of limitations that begins upon an initial diagnosis of mesothelioma and other asbestos-linked illnesses. However, even this might not be the case. Some people are diagnosed but do not yet have an obvious reason to believe the liable party is the root cause of the asbestos exposure. In such cases, the statute of limitations arguably begins when the correlation becomes clear enough to take legal action.

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