Accident victims only have so long to file a personal injury claim before they lose their right to pursue compensation from the responsible party. This period of time is known as the statute of limitations. That being said, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York is generally three years, though some exceptions to this do exist. Importantly, the statute of limitations only comes into effect three years after the victim becomes aware of their injury. This is an important distinction for people who sustain injuries that are not immediately apparent—for instance, construction workers may sustain occupational illnesses that will not cause problems until years after they were exposed to the toxic substance that caused the illness.
What is the Statute of Limitations in New York?
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York is generally three years. This means that if you are injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful actions, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your damages.
It’s important to note that there are some exceptions and variations to the statute of limitations depending on the specific circumstances of the case:
- Discovery Rule: In some situations, the statute of limitations may start from the date the injury was discovered rather than the date it occurred. This rule applies when the injury is not immediately apparent or when it takes time for the full extent of the harm to become known.
- Medical Malpractice: For medical malpractice cases in New York, the statute of limitations is generally two years and six months from the date of the alleged malpractice or two years and six months from the end of continuous treatment provided by the negligent medical professional.
- Claims Against Government Entities: If the personal injury claim is against a government entity or municipality, there are typically shorter notice requirements and time limits for filing a claim. These time frames can be as short as 90 days from the date of the incident.
- Minors and Incapacitated Individuals: For minors and individuals deemed mentally incapacitated, the statute of limitations may be tolled (delayed) until they reach the age of 18 or regain mental capacity.
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers To File A Claim
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident that was caused by the recklessness or carelessness of another person, it will be in your best interests to get the legal process underway as soon after your injury as you are able. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the responsible party to pursue compensation for all of your unnecessary pain and suffering. To speak with a New York personal injury attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP about the circumstances of your case directly, please call our offices at (212) 779-0057 today.