We have recently been instructed by a gentleman who suffered a serious accident whilst on holiday in New York City.
As he was making his way along the sidewalk (footpath) he was hit by a falling piece of masonry. It appears that the building in question was under refurbishment at the time.
But how can a solicitor based in Romford Essex assist with a international compensation claim? Well we have a long history of acting on international personal injury claims dating back to the early 90s (which included sending partners to ride around on camels in Egypt). Over the years we have learnt the importance of establishing links with lawyers within the jurisdiction of the claim and for this matter we used a dual-qualified lawyer who has a practice based in San Francisco, California. The lawyer was qualified to act in New York as well as being qualified as a solicitor in the UK.
These types of claims are not suitable for the claims monkeys pedalling no win no fee deals because the procedures and limitation periods may be different. That is why it is essential to obtain advice from a solicitor as soon as possible after the accident has occurred. The pitfall in New York City is although the New York Statute of Limitations for personal injury cases is three years from the actual date of the accident (the same as in the UK), it is important to bear in mind that where the claim involves New York City authorities then an appropriate notice of the claim must be filed within 90 days of the date of the accident. The lawsuit itself must be filed within one year and 90 days.
We have a number of links in the USA and we are able to handle claims where accidents have occurred in any of the states. If you have been injured abroad and want to know if we can help call Adam Carr 01708 757575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org