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Understanding How a Claim Can be Affected by the Statute of Limitations

April 24, 2015 Legal Terminology

One of the challenges in personal injury cases and similar types of lawsuits is complying with a statute of limitations or other timelines imposed by the courts. Many states have a statute of limitations, and once it expires, it becomes very difficult to bring a personal injury case forward.

While some of these timeframes may seem reasonable, injury victims may not anticipate the challenges of putting together relevant documentation, scheduling court hearings and other events, and initiating a case within these critical windows of opportunity.

New York Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

Generalized New York State rules on personal injury provide injury victims with a three-year timeline for bringing a personal injury case against responsible parties. However, this is not a hard and fast guideline. For instance, cases brought against local governments often have dramatically shorter statutes of limitations.

Injury victims may have as little as 90 days to file a personal injury case against the city or some other municipality. This can confuse and frustrate injury victims who may have only very general information about filing timely within the state.

New York Personal Injury Lawyers

When called upon to advance their clients’ best interests in New York courts, New York personal injury attorneys will keep the statute of limitations in mind, and explain it to their clients in ways they can understand. This is just one of many reasons why injury victims rely on qualified, professional injury attorneys to help them through the legal process.

Like other states, the state of New York has a byzantine system of legal rules and regulations that public citizens are not usually familiar with, as well as various contingencies and rules that apply to putting together personal injury cases against employers, business owners or anyone else.

In addition to helping with statutes of limitations and making sure cases are filed in a timely manner, personal injury lawyers also help with a multitude of other issues, to include dealing with comparative fault cases, providing documentation of liability or injury and helping clients understand possible outcomes in terms of possible or likely court awards and settlements.

These lawyers help injury victims get timely, impartial and adequate medical care, and estimate the full cost of their injuries. It’s all part of making sure the client has good counsel who is “by their side” as they struggle with any limitations or restrictions to their legal rights.

Finding a New York City Personal Injury Law Firm

If you or someone you love was injured in New York City or the surrounding area, call the New York injury legal team at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff. Our attorneys have experience helping New York residents understand and evaluate all their legal options. Let us help with the process of bringing personal injury claims to help cover the costs of care and recovery.