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Will The Coronavirus Impact the Statute of Limitations For Personal Injury Claims in New York?

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Will The Coronavirus Impact the Statute of Limitations For Personal Injury Claims in New York?

When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, they have several things to consider. Of course, their health is their primary concern, however, sometimes they simply cannot get better without financial assistance obtained through compensation for their injuries. Though these cases are almost always complex, with the new coronavirus on everybody’s minds, they become even further complicated because of the statute of limitations in place for filing personal injury claims. Please read on and speak with our experienced team of New York personal injury attorneys to learn more about personal injury claims and how they may be affected by the coronavirus.

To get a better idea of how the statute of limitations may be affected by COVID-19, we will consider just one of many potential scenarios. For example, let’s say a person does not want to sue and therefore waits months or years to take legal action in the hopes that their injury will naturally heal itself. The statute of limitations for standard personal injury claims in New York is three years, which means individuals are granted three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the negligent party that caused their injuries.

However, let’s say you were injured, didn’t want to sue, and you are now approaching the three-year mark and have no other option but to take legal action to recover from your injuries. Now that everyone is closing offices and being advised to stay inside, what are you to do? Unfortunately, the answer to that question remains rather vague, though we can only hope that our governor will instate such a law that extends the statute of limitations for personal injury claims to better accommodate the wrongly injured so they may take legal action after the coronavirus pandemic has fizzled out. Though the answer remains to be seen, it is our hope that our statewide government officials will seriously consider creating impactful legislation to better assist the wrongly injured through these difficult and uncertain times.

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