New Jersey has laws called statutes of limitations which restrict the length of time an individual has to bring a lawsuit to court. Such limitations are put into place to protect the defendant. These measures ensure cases are brought to court within a reasonable amount of time, prevent evidence from being lost over time and stops dormant, frivolous lawsuits from being filed. New Jersey statutes put a general two-year statute of limitation on personal injury cases. Minors that suffered personal injury maintain the right to file a lawsuit within two years of their 18th birthday.
The moment that the incident occurs is considered the “cause of action” by courts, and it is often the point in which your statutes of limitations period begins. In certain cases such as medical malpractice, the cause of action would be determined as the time in which the plaintiff should have reasonably known that malpractice occurred. Some circumstances can lengthen the time period for a person to bring a claim to court like when the injury is not immediately obvious and isn’t discovered until later in life. It’s important to consult with an attorney about New Jersey’s statute of limitations on your personal injury case. If you wait too long to pursue compensation, then you may lose the legal right to have your case heard in court.
Courtlaw’s unparalleled team of legal experts have over thirty years of experience pursuing personal injury cases in New Jersey’s courts. We can represent you in the event of a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, dog bite injury, catastrophic injury, worker’s compensation case or other personal injury claims. If you have questions regarding our state’s statutes of limitations on your claim, then we can provide the answers and legal counsel you need. Call 866-632-4211 now or fill out our convenient online contact form to learn more about how we can help you pursue the compensation you’re entitled to.
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