When you are injured in an accident that you did not cause, you may have the option of filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation. This action is more common in cases where an injury is severe and will result in excessive medical bills, changes to lifestyle, and lasting pain and suffering. Severe injury is not always handled appropriately by insurance companies, leaving many victims without the financial support they need to live the best life possible.
There is no average amount of time a personal injury claim will take. Some may settle within a few weeks. Some may settle within a few months. If a claim goes to trial, it may take one or two years to reach a settlement or verdict. Much of this is dependent on the complexity of your claim and the way in which your claim is handled.
Statute of Limitations
There is a three-year statute of limitations on filing a claim for most types of injury in the state of New York. There are occasional exceptions, particularly regarding minors, but by and large, three years is the maximum amount of time you will have to take legal action. It is, however, usually best to take action before this time approaches.
When you take swift action following an accident, your attorney may have an easier time gathering evidence to build your case. This is, of course, not always true and some injuries may necessitate a longer period after the accident to collect information, but an honest and experienced attorney will be able to provide guidance in both cases, helping to ensure action is taken when it needs to be taken.
Attorney Ira M. Maurer is Here to Help
If you have been injured in an accident in Poughkeepsie or a surrounding area of New York, attorney Ira M. Maurer welcomes the opportunity to meet with you, listen to your claim, and provide honest information about the best path forward. Bringing over four decades of experience to every case he takes, Mr. Maurer utilizes advanced technologies and personal experience to help secure large settlements for his clients.
If you need help, please call our Fishkill office at 845-896-5295 to schedule a complimentary case review today.