In most car accidents, slip & fall accidents, and other accidents causing injuries that were sustained as the result of the negligence of a private party, the Statute of Limitations is three (3) years from the date of the alleged negligence. In other words, if you have one of these accidents and a private party is at fault, you will have three years to sue them from the date of accident.
When City/State/Public Entities (including Parent/Subsidiary)
In matters involving cases against New York State, New York City (or any other state/county/town/local/hamlet/village entity), and other public entities (defined by statute) there may be a requirement to file a "Notice of Claim/Notice of Intention to File a Claim". This requirement is defined by statute and generally requires a party to file a notice of a pending claim with the above-mentioned public entity/municipality within 90 days of the injury/negligence. In these matters, typically the Statute of Limitations is also shorter (often 1 year and 90 days from the date of accident or even less). Each entity may have its own rules. Since the rulemakers are often subdivisions of the municipality, the law is often written to favor the municipality.
When in doubt over a Statute of Limitations
When there is any questions about whether or not you may bring a lawsuit in any matter, you should check with a qualified Personal Injury Attorney in your area. Use Avvo.com or the local bar association to help guide you in the right direction. Good luck.
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