Glossary: Statute of Limitations

William Mattar Glossary
Posted: June 30, 2022

Statute of Limitations:

If you are injured in an accident, you may have many concerns. You may be worried about your health, dealing with the insurance company, and possibly having to miss work due to your injuries. If the accident was caused by another person and they are determined to be at fault, they can be liable for the damages caused in the accident. 

While filing a lawsuit may not be at the top of the priority list, if the injured person is considering filing a lawsuit in the future, it is important to take into account the applicable statute of limitations. The statute of limitations provide a limited time period within which the at-fault party can be sued and found liable in court. The statute of limitations can vary depending on the unique situation. For example, the statute of limitations for car accidents in New York may be three years or less depending on the situation Lawsuits against some municipal entities are not only subject to a shortened limitations period, but there can also be an additional notice of claim requirement that must be filed very soon after the accident. 

Statutes of limitations exist in order to advance certain public policies, but can unfortunately have the effect of preventing injured people from filing meritorious claims based merely on the timing of the filing. 

For this reason, if you are interested in potentially filing a claim for personal injuries, the sooner you contact us after an accident, the better the chance we would have to help you.If you’ve been in an accident and have been injured, contact us today!


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