If you hurt yourself on someone else’s property and you believe that the injuries only occurred due to the property owner’s negligence, then you may have a premises liability claim. However, you do not have an unlimited amount of time to pursue a personal injury case. New York has a statute of limitations that will not allow you to file a claim at a certain point, and cases involving a government entity give you an even shorter timeframe in which to act. This is why you should contact our Queens premises liability attorneys after an accident and get the legal process started.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a Premises Liability Case?
In New York, you have until three years after your injury to file a claim. If you wait any longer than that, you lose your chance to pursue compensation no matter how negligent a property owner was. If you are suing a municipal defendant, like a state, town, or city agency, you have even less time to act. You must send a notice of your claim within 90 days. Then the case usually has to begin within the year.
This is why it is wise to act quickly after you have suffered injuries on someone else’s property. Acting quickly can also help your lawyer build your case. It can make it easier for them to gather evidence, like surveillance footage, and talk to witnesses. Wait too long and it can be much more difficult to find anything that could be of use.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Pursue a Premises Liability Case?
You are not required to hire a lawyer when you sue for damages after an injury. However, before you file a claim on your own, you should know that a lawyer can do a lot to assist you with your case. Our firm has experience with all kinds of premises liability cases, including situations where clients are injured by or because of:
- Slippery conditions and substances
- Bad weather conditions
- Code violations
- Improperly maintained sidewalks or walkways
- Dangerous stairwells
- Inadequate security
- Poor lighting
- Dangerous animals
- Poisonous or noxious substances
Suffering injuries due to any of the above can result in a premises liability case. If you hire one of our lawyers, we can promise to help you fight for compensation and the best possible outcome. We will be by your side at every step of this process.
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If you are ready to move forward with a premises liability case, you do not have to go it alone. Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos and schedule a free consultation today. We would love to tell you more about your legal options and what we can do to assist you.