The statute of limitations refers to a time limit imposed on plaintiffs. It is designed to protect defendants from the threat of a lawsuit for years or even decades following an accident. Different states have different statutes of limitations. Our firm provides efficient representation to injured clients, and we know the importance of filing your claim within the time limit.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is 2 years.
This means you only have 2 years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against those responsible. If you wait too long and miss the deadline, it is likely that your claim will be denied. That is why it is important to pay attention to the timeline of your case and to file the necessary documents as soon as possible.
Are There Exceptions to This Time Limit?
Yes, there are a few exceptions to the statute of limitations for personal injury claims:
- Medical malpractice. In standard personal injury claims, you have 2 years from the date the injury occurred to file a claim. However, some injuries from surgical or medical errors may not exhibit symptoms for months or even years after the initial trauma. Thus, you have 2 years from the date your injuries were discovered, or should have reasonably been discovered, to file a claim.
- Injuries to minors. If a child under the age of 18 is injured by someone else’s negligence, he or she has an extended amount of time to file a personal injury claim. Specifically, New Jersey allows for an injured minor to file a claim within 2 years of his or her 18th birthday. This means your child may file a claim up to the age of 20.
- Government agencies. If a government agency is responsible for your injuries, there may be additional time limits imposed on your case. You will have to send a notification to the government entity under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act within 90 days of the incident.
Diligent Representation for Injured Clients in Woodbridge
Palmisano & Goodman, P.A. provides aggressive legal services to injured clients. We will pay attention to timeline of your case, and will help you file a claim as you seek justice from those responsible. Throughout the legal process, our Woodbridge personal injury lawyers will fight on your behalf as you seek the highest amount of compensation available.
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