The New York statute of limitations was again extended by Governor Andrew Cuomo due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). A statute of limitations is a law that sets a deadline for a person to file a lawsuit, or for the State to bring criminal charges. So, this is good news for New Yorkers who were wronged and want to sue for money.
Gov. Cuomo’s extension is the third since his initial Order of March 20, 2020. The latest Order “tolls” the New York statute of limitations until July 6, 2020. “Tolling” means that zero days will accrue toward expiration of a claim, until the end of the tolling period.
For example, New Yorkers usually have three (3) years to sue for negligence, like a car accident. But, on March 20, Gov. Cuomo pressed “pause” on counting, and he will not press “play” again until July 6. In other words, however many days you had to file a lawsuit on March 20, is the same you will have on July 6.
The Governor’s latest Order may not be his last. Indeed, he might toll deadlines further. This is a developing situation, so you should monitor our blog for the latest news.
In the meantime, we encourage all New Yorkers who suffered a personal injury, or who wish to seek their fair share of an inheritance from an estate, to act immediately. You have nothing to lose by filing a lawsuit early.
Contact the helpful attorneys at Velella & Basso using the form on this page. It is a free consultation, and we can tell you whether you have a good case.
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