Water damage due to incorrect installation of kitchen appliance, liability under PA state law

Asked in Quakertown, PA , on Dec 27, 2011

A customer is stating that installer is responsible for a dishwasher installation completed March of 2007. Steam from the dishwasher vent has, according to the homeowner, damaged his laminate countertop. Is this beyond the statute of limitation for workmanship? Where can I find the specific laws pertaining to same?

Answered on Jan 3, 2012

A negligence suit must be filed within 2 years and, in most cases, a breach of contract action must be filed in 4 years. However, if applicable, a consumer may bring a suit for unfair consumer trade practices, which has a longer statute of limitations.