NYC PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER: FREE CONSULTATION
It is important to contact us immediately after an accident so that our investigators can get the quickest start at getting photos of the accident scene, witness statements, police reports and other documentation that may be vital to prove your case. Remember, accident scenes change: ice melts; cracked sidewalks are repaired; a witness may later become reluctant to speak freely or their memory may fade with time. Do not hesitate to call us right away — it could make all the difference!
Also, do yourself a favor if you are involved in an accident:
- Seek medical care as soon as possible
- Get the names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses to the accident or the condition that caused the accident
- Take photos of the accident scene and what caused the accident, i.e., the wet floor or broken handrail (they will sometimes be fixed overnight!)
- Get insurance information from the driver of the vehicle(s) if it is a motor vehicle accident
- Call the police and report the accident to them.
Always remember that there are time limitations for bringing a lawsuit. In New York State there is generally a three year statute of limitations for bringing a lawsuit against a private defendant (individual or corporation) for injuries you claim were caused by the defendant’s negligence. However, the time limitation for bringing a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice is two years and six months. Moreover, if the defendant is a municipality or agency of a municipality (such as the New York City Transit Authority) in most cases a Notice of Claim must be filed against the municipality within 90 days of the incident and a lawsuit commenced within one year and 90 days of the incident.