You may have heard personal injury attorneys and law firms urging victims to take action immediately on TV, the radio or in magazines. You may also be wondering whether this advice is reliable — do you really have to file a lawsuit right away? The truth is: it is in your best interests to take legal action, or at least speak with a lawyer, as soon as you are physically and mentally capable.

According to the statute of limitations for the state of New York, you only have three years from the date of your injury to file a claim. The following are a few of the reasons it is vital that you file your lawsuit as quickly as possible after your accident:

  • Details may become fuzzy: After your accident, the circumstances of how and why you became injured are likely fresh in your mind. Thus, if you are considering filing a lawsuit, you should consult a lawyer sooner rather than later. At the very least, you should keep a journal and document all the details of your accident and injury.
  • Evidence may be lost: Whether you suffer injury in a slip and fall, construction accident, car crash or other type of accident, there is likely evidence. The longer you wait to speak to a lawyer and take legal action, the less likely such evidence will survive and/or be collectable.
  • You may be barred from recovering damages: If a negligent party causes you harm and you fail to take legal action within the statute of limitations, by law, you may be barred from obtaining compensation.

If you suffer injury in an accident, you may have a valid claim. However, the longer you wait to consult an experienced lawyer, the more difficult it may become for you to obtain compensation.

by Durga Bhurtel