18 Jan 2016

What is the Statute of Limitations for a New York Wrongful Death Case?

New York, like all other states, sets its own laws for governing wrongful death cases. Because these laws are established at the state level, they can vary a great deal from place to place. This is one of the many reasons that it is important to have an experienced New York wrongful death lawyer working to help you navigate this complex area of the law.


Wrongful Death in New York

In New York, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the day that the subject died. These time limits, called statutes of limitations, are established for each area of law. If more than two years have passed after the event of a wrongful death, the case will be thrown out, regardless of any evidence that could be presented.

In some cases, the person who has standing to bring a claim may be the minor child of the deceased or a representative who cannot legally file the claim for some other reason. In these situations, a legal guardian may file the wrongful death claim instead.

The statute of limitations in these cases can pass very quickly. Protect your rights by calling our experienced wrongful death lawyer at Weiser & Associates today at (212) 213-3111 or by using the online form at the right side of the page to schedule your consultation. We serve clients from all five boroughs of New York City.