The time limit for filing a lawsuit is governed by what is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for a negligence case in New York is 3 years from the date of the incident. The statute of limitations for wrongful death in New York is 2 years from the date of death. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice in New York is 2 years and 6 months from the date of negligent act. It is important to discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your case with an experienced attorney who can ensure that you do not miss the statute of limitations. If you fail to file an action within the time frame required by law, your right to file a claim may be lost forever. Facilities owned by New York State, a County, or any other municipal entity have special requirements which shorten the statute of limitations, so it is important that you don’t delay contacting a lawyer to ensure you preserve the right to pursue any claims you may have.