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What is New York?s statute of limitations for personal injury?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2015 | Premises Liability

Premises liability may not be the most common or frequently mentioned type of personal injury, but it is nevertheless noteworthy. The injuries suffered due to a premises liability issue can be devastating, ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Slip-and-fall accidents are particularly dangerous in New York at this time of year, when many roads, sidewalks, and stairways are slippery due to ice and hazardous weather. If you are injured in such an accident, know that you could file a lawsuit.

A successful premises liability lawsuit can be very difficult, as you must prove that someone else?s negligence directly led to your injury. However, the compensation received from a successful claim could be the difference between making a full recovery and being in debt from the unexpected medical costs following the accident. This is why it is important to file a claim, even if you feel bad about doing so.

Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be reluctant to file a lawsuit. For example, if you were injured on your friend?s property, you may not want to take your friend to court and risk causing animosity to your friendship. Unfortunately, such hesitation may cost you any chance you have of recovering compensation.

The statute of limitations in the state of New York for personal injury is three years, meaning that after three years, it will be more difficult if not impossible to file a lawsuit regarding the injury. This means that if you choose not to file a lawsuit and pay for treatment yourself, you may have to live with any debts or financial strains that follow. It is understandable to hesitate when it comes to filing a claim, but it is important to remember that you have a three-year time limit.