Pennsylvania law considers children under the age of 18 to be minors. Minor children have the same right to recover damages for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident due to another party’s negligence as any adult accident victim. Generally, such damages include recovery for wage loss, medical expenses, incidental expenses, disfigurement, emotional distress, loss of life’s pleasures, and pain & suffering. However, a minor can not pursue a claim for damages against a negligent party who caused an accident without a parent or guardian. The minor’s parent or guardian is the only one who could file a lawsuit and settle claims that the minor has the right to pursue.
The statute of limitations for pursuing a negligence claim in Pennsylvania is 2 years. The 2 year period generally begins to run as of the date of the accident. However, on a minor’s claim to recover damages due to another party’s negligence, the 2 year statute of limitations does not begin to run until the minor’s 18th birthday. Thus, if your 14 year old son is injured in a truck accident today, the statute of limitations will not expire on his claim against the negligent truck driver until 2 years after he turns 18.
Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P. (DLP) represents seriously injured and catastrophically injured victims of auto accidents, bus accidents, SUV accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accident and tractor trailer accidents (including work accidents) throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Counties of Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Wyoming, Sullivan, Montour, Lycoming, Schuylkill, Tioga, Bradford, Susquehanna, Northampton, Carbon and Columbia. These accidents often occur on the interstate corridors and state highways that run through Northeastern Pennsylvania, including I-81, I-80, I-380, I-84, I-180, SR 61, the Casey Highway, the I-80 Corridor and the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Some of the representative municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania where these accidents occur include Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Honesdale, Hazleton, Moosic, Dunmore, Old Forge, Williamsport, Tunkhannock, Towanda, Stroudsburg, Bethleham, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Pottsville, Kingston, Milford, Mansfield and Wellsboro. We at DLP represent serious and catastrophically injured victims of truck accidents, tractor trailer accidents, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, automobile accidents and SUV accidents to get them the money and justice they deserve to compensate them for their injuries and damages. If you are involved in an accident anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, call an attorney at DLP as soon as possible after the accident for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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