The Bronx Personal Injury Lawyer
After New York (Manhattan) and Kings County (Brooklyn), Bronx County is the third most densely populated county in the United States. Nearly a million and a half people call The Bronx home, and millions more pack the streets every year as they travel to and from Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden.
There are a lot of things happening in The Bronx; personal injury doesn’t have to be one of them, but it is. When people don’t take the time, attention and care to drive safely, manage a safe construction site, provide a safe working or shopping environment, manufacture safe products, or provide skilled and competent medical care, serious injuries can result. Michael Gunzburg is a New York attorney who takes on the most serious cases, recovering significant compensation to help his clients with their severe injuries and the devastating consequences they bring. Michael Gunzburg, P.C., has been serving The Bronx for more than 30 years. Our firm is proud of the results we have been able to achieve on behalf of people in The Bronx injured due to the negligence of another. Our legal team is committed to providing personal attention to our clients and getting great results every time.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, construction accident, medical malpractice, defective product injury or another personal injury in The Bronx, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. for a free consultation with an experienced and dedicated New York injury lawyer.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for Personal Injury in The Bronx?
In New York, you have up to three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Hopefully, your claim will be resolved long before then and you won’t need to file a lawsuit at all to get the compensation you deserve, but it is essential to keep this three-year timeline in mind. New York courts will not hear cases filed after this “statute of limitations” has expired, meaning if you wait too long, you could be prevented from recovering compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other legal damages. By hiring a diligent personal injury attorney early in the process, you can be assured that critical deadlines like the statute of limitations won’t be missed, no matter what complications and disruptions to your life get in the way as a consequence of your injury. Michael Gunzburg, P.C., can help ensure that your Bronx injury claim stays on track toward a successful resolution, whether through settlement or trial if necessary.
Another reason to speak to a lawyer soon after the accident is that the three-year limitations period doesn’t apply in every instance and can be considerably shorter (or longer) depending on the circumstances of the case. You may need to act much more quickly to protect your rights. On the other hand, even if you think you waited too long to file a claim, it’s worthwhile to discuss your claim with an experienced attorney who can determine whether some exception to the statute of limitations might apply. Here are some of the ways your Bronx personal injury claim might have a different limitations period.
Latent Injuries. Not all injuries are immediately apparent. Some are latent or hidden and only make themselves known later after symptoms start to appear. New York law has a special provision for latent injuries caused by exposure to harmful substances that may have been inhaled, ingested, absorbed through the skin, injected or implanted. In this case, you have three years from the discovery of the injury or three years from the time the injury should have been discovered by reasonable care to file your claim. Injuries caused by exposure asbestos, or lead paint might fall into this category.
Medical Malpractice. Instead of three years to file a lawsuit for negligence, a medical malpractice claim must be brought within two and a half years from the date of the injury. Why does New York law have this shorter time frame for medical malpractice claims? The only answer is that it was written for the benefit of doctors and hospitals to make it harder for injury victims to get justice and compensation. If the injury is related to a continuing course of treatment you received, the limitations period runs from the date of the malpractice or the date of the last treatment you received. If the malpractice is a surgical error where the doctors left a foreign object (clamp, sponge, hemostat) inside your body after surgery, then you have one year to file from the date you discovered the foreign body or the date it should have been discovered. Act quickly and call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. if you believe you may have been injured due to malpractice in a Bronx hospital, clinic, doctor’s office or surgery center.
Public Entities. Claims against the municipal government in The Bronx have a short timeframe; you must notify the appropriate agency within 90 days of the accident or injury. If you were hurt in a crash with a government vehicle, a slip and fall in a public building or on public transit, or medical negligence at North Central Bronx Hospital or another NYC Health + Hospitals medical facility, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. right away to protect your right to file a claim for damages.
Don’t Wait to File Your Bronx Personal Injury Claim
Even if you have the full three years to file a lawsuit, you don’t want to wait that long to talk to an attorney. Evidence deteriorates over time or gets lost or washed away, people’s memories fade, and parties or witnesses can pass away. To get the facts and establish liability after an accident or injury, your attorney wants to get started right away investigating and securing the scene. Plus, you need the money sooner rather than later to pay your medical expenses and put food on the table while you are out of work. The sooner you get started on your claim, the sooner you can get it settled in or out of court.
Call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. After a Personal Injury in The Bronx
For help with a personal injury claim in The Bronx and to get the medical care and compensation you need and deserve, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. at 212-725-8500. Your call is free, and we only charge a fee after we are successful in recovering compensation for you.