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What is the Statute Of Limitations For a Slip and Fall Claim in NY?

You can’t wait forever if you want to file a personal injury suit in New York. If you were injured on someone else’s property and you plan to sue, you must file a slip and fall claim before the statute of limitations expires. You may want to talk to our Westchester County slip and fall accident attorneys sooner rather than later.

How Long Do I Have to Make a Slip and Fall Claim?

In New York, you have three years to take action after you or a loved one get injured in an accident. You must submit a slip and fall claim within that time period. However, if you get hurt on government property there is one complication to be aware of. You must submit a notice of claim to the state before you can actually sue for damages. This claim must be filed within 90 days of the accident.

What Happens if I Make My Slip and Fall Claim Later?

Trying to take action after the statute of limitations has run out will usually result in your case being thrown out. There are some exceptions to this rule, like if the victim of the accident was a minor at the time. In cases like that, the statute of limitations would only start counting down once they turn 18. If you have any confusion about the statute of limitations and when the window to take action will close, you need to talk to a lawyer right away.

What Are Some Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents?

We have helped clients submit slip and fall claims for many reasons. Some common dangers include:

  • Poorly maintained walkways or sidewalks
  • Slippery floors
  • Broken stairs
  • Lack of banisters or broken banisters in stairwells
  • Debris blocking walkways
  • Inadequate lighting

If any hazard was present on someone’s property and they did nothing to stop it from harming guests like you, that property owner should be held accountable.

What Kinds of Damages Can I Win With a Slip and Fall Claim?

When you make a slip and fall claim, you can win compensation that should help make up for the costs of the accident. Not only should you be reimbursed for obvious costs like medical expenses and lost wages, but you should also be compensated for the psychological trauma and pain and suffering experienced as a result of the slip and fall. A compensation offer that does not include economic and non-economic damages simply isn’t a serious one.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

You are not required to hire an attorney when submitting a slip and fall claim, but one can do a lot to help you with your case. A lawyer can:

  • Calculate fair compensation
  • Keep you in the loop about important dates and deadlines
  • Prepare you for testimony or depositions
  • Negotiate with insurers on your behalf
  • Gather evidence that can strengthen your case

Contact Our Law Firm

So if you are considering filing a slip and fall claim, do not delay. Contact Hausman & Pendzick to schedule your free consultation. We can tell you more about what we can do to help you win your case.

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