All civil claims have a time limit, known as the statute of limitations. This is the time period in which a claim for damages is legitimate. If that statute of limitations expires, you may lose your ability to claim the compensation you need and deserve. Therefore, it is best to act quickly and promptly when pursuing a case. In the state of Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is usually five years but can vary depending on the nature of the case. It is best to consult with an attorney about how much time you have.