After being struck by a vehicle while walking, you will want to act fast if you hope to receive full compensation from the negligent party. It’s always best to contact an attorney as soon as possible, but if you are wondering how long you have to file a pedestrian accident claim in New York, understand that you only have a limited amount of time. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today to schedule a free consultation.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Claim? | Statute of Limitations
You have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, otherwise you can’t file a lawsuit after that time period. There are exceptions to that. If the accident involves a municipality, it may be a shorter time period; it may be a year and 90 days. There are also deadlines relevant to ensuring that you get your medical bills paid. You have to file what’s called a no-fault application with the insurance company, and that has to be done within a 30-day period. There are deadlines that need to be followed. You need to sit down with a competent attorney, one that has personal injury litigation experience, to guide you through the process and to make sure that all these deadlines are met.
How Long Do I Have to File a Pedestrian Accident Claim? | Choosing an Attorney
You want an attorney who has experience in handling what we call pedestrian knock-down type cases. You want an attorney who knows how to litigate these cases in court. You don’t want your friend of a friend of a friend who refers you to an attorney who does divorce work or estate planning. You want an attorney that handles this type of case.
Finally, you want to look at the firm itself. Is it a very large firm? Is it a smaller firm? You want to make sure that you’ll have access to the attorney and not just the paralegals or a legal assistant that may be assigned to your case. You want to know that you have access to that attorney as well.
Contact a New York pedestrian accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Brian J. Elbaum today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.