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The terms Statute of Limitations refers to the period of time within which a Personal Injury lawsuit may be filed. In New York the following applies:

  • AUTO ACCIDENTS – If you have an automobile accident and are 18 years of age or older, you have three years from the date of the accident in which to commence a lawsuit.
  • WRONGFUL DEATH – For New York Wrongful Death cases, the claimant has two years from the date of death to commence a lawsuit. If you have lost a loved one, it is imperative that you consult with the attorneys at Kuzma Law as soon as practicable, but certainly prior to the two year limit. Your failure to do so within two years of the date of death will forever bar you from filing a lawsuit.
  • PREMISES LIABILITY – Premises Liability is the liability of a landowner for the negligent actions that occur on his property. They can range from injuries caused by a variety of hazardous conditions including open excavations (holes in the ground) which could result in a “trip and fall”, uneven pavement, standing water which could result in a “slip and fall”, crumbling curbs, snowy/icy walkways, falling objects, inadequate security, insufficient lighting, dog bites, concealed holes and improperly secured mats. They can occur in someone’s home or elsewhere in the public such as retail stores, food establishments and grocery stores. The Statute of Limitations for persons 18 years or older is three years.
  • PRODUCTS LIABILITY – Products Liability is the area of the law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for injuries those products cause.


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