Being seriously injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another party often results in significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens. One of the ways that injured parties get back on their feet after an accident is by taking legal action against the party that caused them to become injured. With that said, it is important to be aware of the deadlines that one must abide by in the state of New Jersey for personal injury lawsuits.
New Jersey’s Statute of Limitations
When someone is injured in a personal injury accident, it is important to not wait too long to take legal action if they wish to do so. This is because there is a statute of limitations that requires victims of an accident to meet a certain deadline if they want to file a claim against the negligent party. Injured individuals in the state of New Jersey have a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury to file a claim for a personal injury case. If the victim of a personal injury accident fails to meet this deadline, the state will not let them pursue a claim against the negligent party. This can result in losing out on significant compensation for the burdens caused by the accident.
Notice of Claim Requirements
There is a different process in place for individuals who are injured due to the negligence of a municipality. Generally, the state of New Jersey is protected from claims against the government under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act. However, part of the Act allows for an exception in which those who are harmed by a public entity’s negligence can pursue a claim. In these situations, the injured party can file a Notice of Claim. This notifies a municipality that a lawsuit is being brought against them. In the state of New Jersey, victims have 90 days from the date of the accident to file a Notice of Claim. During this time, it can be beneficial to have a skilled personal injury attorney to navigate the case.
If you have been seriously injured in New Jersey by the negligence of another party, do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.