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Unfortunately, personal injury accidents can occur at any time to anyone, causing serious injuries to occur. Sometimes, they can be avoided as long as individuals implement caution. However, they can also happen very suddenly due to the negligence of another party. In the event of this, the person or people who are harmed in the accident can pursue legal action against the negligent party for causing their injuries. When dealing with these situations, it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney to navigate this difficult time in your life. 

New York’s Statute of Limitations

When a personal injury accident occurs, victims tend to find themselves facing significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. Often times, the costs of these damages can become very difficult for a person to be able to afford on their own. It is because of this that they often pursue legal action in order to recover compensation as coverage for these damages. In order to begin this process, the injured party must file a personal injury claim.

It is understandable that a person may hesitate to file a claim after an accident occurs. However, it is important to not wait too long to do so, as there is a statute of limitations in place. This is a deadline by which the injured party is required to meet when filing a claim. If they fail to do so, they may lose their chance to pursue legal action altogether, thus losing possible compensation. In the state of New York, there is a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims.

Notice of Claim Requirements

If a person becomes injured due to the negligence of a municipality, there is a different process in place to pursue legal action. This begins by filing a written Notice of Claim, providing the municipality with notice that a lawsuit is being brought against them. There is a deadline for this as well. In New York, injured parties have 90 days from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim. If they fail to meet the deadline, the individual may not be able to hold the municipality liable for their suffering. When going through this process, it can benefit an injured party to have the guidance of a personal injury attorney.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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