Posted on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Accident victims only have so long to file a personal injury claim before they will 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 from the date that 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.
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 purse 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.