What does Statute of Limitations mean?

Think of statute of limitations as an expiration date.

This is just legal language that means your personal injury claim will expire or run out if you do not bring a lawsuit against the person or people responsible for your personal injuries in a certain amount of time.

If you wait too long to bring your personal injury claim, you will be prevented from doing so and will not be able to recover anything in a lawsuit. Also, the insurance carrier will likely not pay your claim either.

What are the Statute of Limitations in New York for a personal injury?

All personal injuries in New York have statute of limitations (or expiration dates) and are classified depending on how the injury occurred.

An auto or car accident is usually 3 years from the date of the injuries to bring a lawsuit.*

A personal injury from a medical malpractice has 2.5 years from the date of the injury.*

Other types of injuries have 3 years such as general negligence cases. This would include falling in a store, suffering an injury at someone’s house or being injured by someone’s pet such as a dog bite.*

*Sometimes, there are extenuating circumstances that can make the time period shorter. Contact your lawyer for more details.

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The Underwood Law Firm has years of successful trial results* but we attempt to resolve disputes outside of the court system first, if possible. We are one of the few firms in the Syracuse area that offers free consultations so that everyone has an opportunity to speak with an experienced attorney about their case.

If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury, call our office at (315) 445-3005 for a free consultation so that you can quickly know your rights under New York Law. Or email us your contact information (in the email form on the right column of our website) and we will call you.**

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The Underwood Law Firm handles all aspects of personal injury and workers’  compensation law including auto accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, and premises liability cases in the following areas: Syracuse, Utica, Albany, Watertown, Oswego, Binghamton; Onondaga County and Madison County, including the towns, cities and villages of: Fayetteville, Manlius, DeWitt, Morrisville, Cicero, Liverpool, East Syracuse, Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Camillus, Clay, Fabius, Elbridge, Geddes, Jordan, Lafayette, Lysander, Marcellus, Minoa, North Syracuse, Otisco, Pompey, Salina, Skaneateles, Spafford, Tully, Van Buren, Eaton, Cazenovia, Canastota, Brewerton, Solvay, Central Square, Cato, Chittenango, Oneida and many other areas.

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Updated: 1/7/17

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