If you have been injured while riding a boat in Lake Erie, you may be wondering if you are eligible to bring forward a personal injury claim. First, you will have to prove there was negligence involved. Then, you will have to file your claim before the boat accident statute of limitations expires. Here is what you need to know.
Boat Accident Statute of Limitations | How Long Do I Have to File?
New York State does not differentiate among claims depending upon what the injured party may have been riding or driving when it comes to the statute of limitations. General negligence is still subject to a three-year statute of limitations. However, even though you have that much time to sue, the most important elements of a case are often established through early investigation – including interviews and the sharing of facts about the incident with your attorney. It’s also important to get the proper medical care promptly. If you are injured in a boating accident due to somebody else’s carelessness or negligence, certainly the owner of that boat or the operator of that boat is legally responsible for your injuries.
Boat Accident Statute of Limitations | After an Injury
First, is to seek medical treatment immediately for anything that is bothering you, photo document any bruises or damages or injuries, and try and put together a short journal entry or write down witness names or information that might help your attorney do the investigation because every case involves two parts: 1) what was the fault or negligence? 2) What are the injuries?
If you do have this circumstance happen to you, you should call an attorney who is qualified immediately to do both the investigation and the injury assessment for you. If you have been seriously injured in a boating accident in Buffalo, New York, or another town in Erie County, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact our personal injury law office for a free consultation. Our team of skilled Buffalo boating accident attorneys will fight to get the compensation that you deserve.