Yes, there are deadlines called “statutes of limitations,” for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in New York and New Jersey. You need to take action as soon as possible after your car accident to begin the work necessary to develop a lawsuit and meet the deadline for filing it.
In general, in New York, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the injury,and a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the date of death. In New Jersey, a claim must be filed within two years from the date the injury happened or was discovered, or within two years of a wrongful death.
Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are complex, and take a lot of time to develop before they can be filed. They require thorough investigations that range from examining vehicle damage to interviewing witnesses and reconstructing the accident with the help of forensic consultants. We may need to go to court to obtain orders for certain evidence needed to prove a claim, such as the other driver’s cellphone records, debit or credit card receipts, and job or school attendance records.
We must also review medical records, and with the help of medical and life-care planning experts, determine the full costs of our clients’ injuries now and into the future.
To be sure that the statute of limitations will not keep you from obtaining compensation you deserve, we urge you to contact an experienced New York / New Jersey car accident attorney from the Ginarte Law Firm as soon as possible after an accident.