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Understanding the Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations

Experiencing a slip and fall accident can be devastating, especially if you were seriously injured as a result of what happened. However, in order to seek the damages you deserve, you must begin to pursue legal action within a certain amount of time after the accident; failing to do so can mean your case will go unheard.

Here is what you need to know about New York’s statute of limitations regarding slip and fall accidents.

The Window of Time

A statute of limitations is a window of time placed on a person and requires them to act within that time frame if they seek to pursue compensation for an accident. New York has a statute of limitations of up to three years after the date of a slip and fall accident. A person injured in a slip and fall accident has up to three years from the date that the accident occurred to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for the injury. If any property is damaged in the accident, such as jewelry or other expensive items, that same three-year statute of limitations is also in effect.

Failure to act within this time period means that you cannot seek damages to make up for lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses accrued as a result of your injury. It’s important to decide whether or not to take action and to do so relatively quickly after your accident in order to provide yourself with the maximum amount of time needed to build your case and prove the other party’s negligence caused your accident.

Rare Exceptions

There are rare situations in which the time to file a case may extend beyond the statute of limitations. It is important to speak with an attorney who can help you determine if you qualify and how best to proceed.

Working with a Personal Injury Attorney

Dealing with an injury after a slip and fall accident can be challenging, and having to handle potential medical bills and lost time at work can only add to one’s stress. Working with a personal injury attorney such as the ones at Duke Law Firm, P.C. can bring great peace of mind. Our team is committed to defending our clients and working to achieve the best possible outcome to bring them relief.

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