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Injured? 5 Reasons Why You Should Contact an Attorney Immediately

Posted March 31, 2017

{1:15 minutes to read} The general statute of limitation for lawsuits related to trip-and-fall, slip-and-fall, and automobile accidents is three years, but there are multiple reasons why waiting that long could cost you your case! If you don’t act quickly, you could lose the right to bring a lawsuit, or lose access to crucial details that could prove your case.

  1. Witnesses disappear.
  2. Memories fade, and the details that make or break your case could be lost over time.
  3. Conditions which caused the accident may change or be repaired prior to an attorney being able to inspect and photograph the condition as it existed at the time of the accident.
  4. A private party has the ability to disclaim coverage from their insured if the case is not brought in a timely manner, which will make it difficult to recover damages.
  5. Incidents involving municipalities have a 90-day window.

Suits against the City of New York, New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and other municipalities require a notice of claim to be filed within 90 days of the incident. Beyond that window, you can be barred from bringing a lawsuit—plus, the sooner you consult a lawyer, the sooner they can contact the interested parties to build a stronger case. Many attorneys will deny a case if you wait until the last minute, as their chances of recovering diminish, and compensation to both the personal injury attorney and the injured party are based on a favorable decision or settlement.

Note: Prior results do not guarantee similar results. 

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