In general, a personal injury claim refers to a situation in which you suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence. But personal injury law is exceedingly complicated and is laden with nuanced extenuating circumstances and limitations. The laws governing personal injury claims vary significantly by state, and they must be closely adhered to if you hope to collect on your claim.
What should I do?
Although personal injury cases are notoriously complicated, there are some steps that you can take to insure that yours goes as smoothly as possible:
- Maintain all of the evidence associated with your case – including photographs, receipts, medical records, and the like;
- Keep a log of the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injury; and
- Keep track of the contact information for everyone who’s involved (including witnesses) in your claim.
When to File Your Claim
A basic truth of bringing a personal injury claim is that you’ve been injured, which can make it exceedingly difficult to have the wherewithal to keep up with the complicated demands of filing a claim and pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Of course, your first priority is to take care of yourself and give yourself time to heal. If you have incurred a personal injury due to another’s negligence, you should seek professional legal counsel; it is your legal right to be compensated for your injury.
New Jersey has a statute of limitations in place regarding personal injury claims. With very few exceptions, such a claim must be brought within two years of the date that you were injured.
The exceptions to this rule include injuries resulting from medical malpractice in which the two-year limitation begins on the day that your injury is discovered. Another exception involves filing a claim against either a government agency or a government employee; the claim must be filed with the state within 90 days of your injury and you must allow the government six months to resolve your claim before proceeding to lawsuit.
Why File a Lawsuit?
If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are undoubtedly going through a very difficult time. Many people want to ignore the issue and get down to the business of recovery, which is the most crucial element of the process. But you also deserve to be compensated for your injuries; you deserve to live your life unharmed by the negligence of others.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence, you are legally entitled to compensation for your damages. If you’ve been injured, it’s in your best interest to have your case reviewed by an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney. Salomon & Aquino has been in the business of helping people with personal injury claims for over 50 years, and we can help you. Give us a call at 973-278-1124 today.