Statute of Limitations for Construction Accident Cases in NY

What is the statute of limitations in a NY Construction Site Accident? In New York an injured party normally has three years from the date of occurence to start a lawsuit. If you have been injured at a construction site you have three (3) years to sue the parties responsible for your personal injuries. The most likely defendants in a construction site accident is the owners of the property, the general contractors, and other subcontractors. Construction accidents are often caused from falls from heights, tripping or slipping, or the failure to provide proper safety equipment. In a construction accident resulting in death,there is a two (2) year statute of limitations for Wrongful Death claims. There are often exceptions to the general rule which can either shorten or extend the time period you have to sue. It is always best to consult with an experienced attorney to determine what rules apply in a particular case. One common exception is a shorter time period to sue governmental agencies and public authorities. Most municipalities in New York (such as the City of New York and their agencies) require that a notice of claim be filed within 90 days of the occurrence and that a lawsuit be commenced within one (1) year and ninety (90) days of the occurrence. Public Authorities (e.g. Transit Authorities, The Port Authority, etc.) also have notice of claim requirments and shorter statute of limitations. If you have been injured in a construction accident you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determinine your rights. Contact the the experienced New York Law Firm of Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C. at 1-800-LAWLINE (1-800-529-5463) for a free consultation regarding your construction site accident. There is never a fee for a consultation and all cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee if there is no recovery.

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