A car accident case has a time limit.
A slip and fall case has a time limit.
A medical malpractice case has a time limit.
A defective product case has a time limit.
You name it, every single type of accident or injury case has a specific time in which you have to file a lawsuit where you are seeking to get money compensation for your injuries.
If every type of injury case in NY has a time limit, how exactly do you know how much time you have to file a lawsuit?
The answer is that there are MANY different time limits for different types of cases.
The time to file a lawsuit is different if you plan on suing a private hospital compared to a municipal hospital.
Your time to file a lawsuit is different if you are an adult compared to a child.
The time to file a lawsuit for birth injuries are different than all other medical malpractice cases.
The time to file a case against the State of New York is different than if it were a private company or hospital.
Your time to file a claim against the United States Government or the Veterans Administration is different than if you were to sue the City of New York.
The time you have to file a claim for police brutality is different than if you were to sue a landlord for a defective sidewalk.
The fact is that there are MANY DIFFERENT TIME DEADLINES.
Unfortunately, those deadlines can and sometimes change.
That means if you read something last year about how much time you have to file a lawsuit, the time period may have changed by the time you decide to file a lawsuit.
You cannot, under any circumstance, rely on any information you read online, you watch in a video or read in a book about how much time you have to file a lawsuit for your particular matter.
Why is that?
It's because those time deadlines change. If you rely on information that is outdated, you will be depriving yourself and your family of the ability to bring a lawsuit and seek full and fair compensation for all the harms and injuries you suffered.
The ONLY way to really know whether your matter is still timely is to pick up the phone and call. Speak to an experienced attorney who can tell you what the time limit is for YOUR particular matter as of TODAY, the day you call.
You should also know that if you intend on bringing a lawsuit against a municipality here in New York or a municipal hospital, there is a very short time window in which you have to file a claim against the legal entity that is responsible for that municipality. For example, if you were injured in Jacobi hospital in the Bronx, you would need to file a Notice of Claim with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation within the specific time.
There are some instances where if you do not file your Notice of Claim in the appropriate time frame, we can ask the court for special permission to file a late Notice of Claim. However, that procedure is very involved and can take many months, with no guaranteed outcome.
The moment you believe someone was negligent or careless and caused you significant injury here in NY, you need to find out exactly how much time you have within which to file a lawsuit or file your claim. Sitting around waiting does you absolutely no good.
In fact, the longer you wait without taking any action or learning how much time you have, you run the real risk that when you get around to finding out, that your time to file suit is long gone.
If you have legal questions and want to learn whether your possible matter is still timely, I invite you to pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207. I answer legal questions just like yours every single day and I'd love to chat with you.
Again, my number is 516-487-8207 and I welcome your call.