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Time Limits on Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury law allows individuals to seek compensation for harm due to someone else's negligence or intentional actions. However, like many legal matters, personal injury cases are subject to specific deadlines, known as statutes of limitations. These are the time limits within which you must file a lawsuit, after which your right to sue typically expires.

Understanding the Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases can vary depending on the jurisdiction, but the standard range is between one to six years after the date of injury. Knowing the time limit applicable to your state is imperative to preserve your legal rights.

Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations

There exist several exceptions to the statute of limitations that may extend or pause (toll) the deadline, including:

  • Minor Age: If the injured party is a minor, the statute typically does not start running until they reach the age of majority.
  • Incapacitation: If the victim is incapacitated or mentally incompetent, the statute may be tolled until the individual is deemed capable.
  • Discovery Rule: Some jurisdictions have a "discovery rule," where the statute only starts once the injured person becomes aware (or should have become aware) of their injury.

Actionable Steps

  1. Consult with an Attorney: If you have a personal injury claim, consult with an attorney experienced in personal injury law as soon as possible.
  2. Document Your Injuries: Keep detailed records of all medical treatment related to the injury and associated expenses.
  3. Keep Track of the Accident Date: Mark the incident date and understand when the statute of limitations begins to run.
  4. Do Not Wait: While it may be tempting to wait until you fully understand your injuries, it's prudent to take action well before the deadline approaches. 

New York Personal Injury Attorneys

Engaging with a personal injury attorney early in the aftermath of an injury can offer numerous benefits. The Paris Law Group, PC, specializes in personal injury law and is dedicated to guiding clients through the legal process with expertise and compassion. If you or a loved one has been injured, don't hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable team will work tirelessly to protect your rights and help you secure the compensation you deserve. Remember, time is of the essence, so reach out to us today at (888) 365-4940 to ensure your claim is filed within the critical time limits.