When you’re hurt in an accident, the clock starts ticking right away. You only have a certain amount of time to file a personal injury claim for your injuries. If you don’t, you could lose your chance at compensation and struggle to recover from your losses.
Because of this, you need to know about the time limits impacting your personal injury lawsuit. If you’re not sure how much time you have left to act, reach out to your personal injury lawyer in New York City about the following time limits and others.
Statute of Limitations
When you’ve suffered a serious injury in New York, you have a general time limit of three years. This time limit applies to most claims, with some exceptions. But typically, you have only three years to file a lawsuit.
If you don’t act quickly, that deadline can hurt you. If you wait to file a personal injury lawsuit after that time limit passes, your claim may be dismissed. That leaves you without compensation for the losses you’ve suffered.
If you let that time limit pass, you may have to pay out of pocket for your suffering. Your personal injury lawyer may be key to avoiding these expenses and getting coverage for your losses in a timely manner.
What if I’m Suing the Government?
In some cases, you may not have been injured by another New York resident or private party. You may have been hurt by someone acting in the scope of their job with a government agency. There are different time limits that apply to cases where you may have been struck by a government vehicle, for example, or if you slipped and fell on government property.
If you plan to sue the government, you may need to move even faster than you would in a typical personal injury claim. You’ll need to file a notice of claim, which states that you intend to sue, within ninety days of the accident. That time limit is easy to miss, but if you don’t file your notice, you could be barred from compensation. You can talk to your lawyer about suing the government within these time limits.
Time Limits for a Child Injury
Suing on behalf of a child can be complex and difficult. Your child isn’t old enough to take an active role in court, but they still need compensation for the suffering they experienced because of their injuries.
As a parent or guardian, you typically have two options. You can act on your child’s personal injury lawsuit as soon as possible, within three years of their accident. Acting now can help you preserve evidence and get them compensated now, not later.
In other cases, your child can wait until they’re eighteen. Their time limits don’t begin until they’re of age, which means you have more time to help them prepare for their lawsuit.
Talk to Your Personal Injury Lawyer in NYC About Your Time Limits
Hurt in a serious accident and worried about acting on time? Failing to meet these deadlines could leave you without the compensation you’re due for your recovery. Luckily, the lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP are here to help. Start with a free consultation about your time limits and the details of your claim. Call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) or complete the online contact form below to learn more.