Every case involves some kind of deadline. You should not assume you have all the time in the world to decide whether or not you want to go ahead with a case.

Here are some important deadlines to be aware of in New York. Please note this is for general information and should not be relied on for legal advice or a substitute for consulting an attorney.

  • Automobile accidents
    You generally have to file a no-fault application with the responsible insurance company within 30 days to get your medical bills and lost earnings covered. Additionally, if there is a chance that the responsible vehicle does not have insurance, or the insurance is inadequate, a notice of claim for under insured or uninsured benefits, must be made within 90 days.There are some exceptions to the above rules, but it is best not to rely on them and to stick with these deadlines.

  • Cases involving the City of New York
    The law requires that a notice of claim be served on the city within 90 days. This would also apply to any case in which the city is involved, whether a fall on a sidewalk or road, a car accident with a city vehicle, an encounter with a police officer that results in a false arrest or an assault. The 90 day deadline for the city is something that must be taken very seriously and it is extremely difficult to get around it if it is missed.Apart from that, there are statutes of limitations after which a lawsuit cannot be filed. Once again, this is for general information only and should not be relied on without consulting an attorney.

  • Any case against the City of New York
    1 year and 90 days

  • Medical Malpractice
    2½ years

  • Standard negligence (most accidents, e.g. car accidents, trip and fall, contruction accidents etc)
    3 years

  • Wrongful death
    2 years

We must emphasize again that you should always consult an attorney and not rely on what is here beyond for general information. Every case is different and some differences matter a great deal. Also, it is never a good idea to wait to the last minute.

If you have any questions about statutes of limitation or deadlines, please contact us for more information.