How Long Do I Have To File?

Don't Let The Clock Run Out

If you've been injured, you may be wondering if there's a time limit to file a lawsuit. There is: In New York, you have three years from the time of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party. This time period is known as the statute of limitations. In the case of medical malpractice, you have two years and six months to file a lawsuit, starting from:

  • The date the malpractice occurred
  • The date you stopped receiving continuous medical treatment that you believe to have been harmful

These time limits are different from limits for filing for workers' compensation benefits. We are not a workers' compensation firm, but can help workers seek compensation for work injuries that involve a third party that is not your employer.

Why It's Important To See A Doctor

After being injured, your natural reaction may be to claim that you're fine and that everything is OK. But unless you've been examined by a doctor, you can't know that for sure. In the aftermath of a car accident, for example, you may feel OK, only to start having severe neck or back pain days or weeks later. If you don't have full documentation of your injuries going back to the time of the accident, it can be difficult to prove that they were a direct result of the accident and not something that happened afterward. That's why it's so crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident.

Call An Attorney Today

If you've been injured by another's negligence, don't wait until it's too late to seek legal help. To schedule your free initial consultation with a lawyer at our Manhattan office, call 646-561-9161 or 877-820-6510 toll free, or use our online contact form.