If you’ve been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, it’s only natural that would want to seek compensation for your medical expenses and the time you have spend away from work. You’re not greedy but you did have the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now your quality of life has been affected. You have every right to file a personal injury lawsuit to get the damages you deserve.
Contact an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney to effectively guide you through the process. Here are a few basic things you should know about filing a personal injury suit in New Jersey.
Statute of Limitations
In most cases, New Jersey residents have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. The longer you wait, however, the harder it could be to establish a link between your injury and the event that actually caused it. The moment you know you’ve sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence – a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, product liability case — it’s best to pursue action immediately.
Despite what that plaintiff might have you believe, there are very few personal injury caps in the garden state. The only law concerns punitive damages, which caps them at $350,000 or five times the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is greater. This means you can collect the compensation you need without having to worry about regulatory caps.
Taking the time limit one step further, while there are some wounds time won’t heal, time can erase or distort evidence. Peoples’ memories fade, evidence gets misplaced, videos get erased – get all the names, dates, contact info for your accident (witnesses, police and medical records) to a lawyer right away. Better safe than sorry as many symptoms of accidents show up days, weeks and months after the accident.
You need an attorney that has the experience, intelligence and resolve to see your case to the end. Defendants in personal injury cases commonly use delay as a wear-down tactic, hoping the plaintiff will give up and accept a lower settlement offer. Make sure you enlist the services of a lawyer that’s in it for the long haul.
The attorneys at the Wilton Law Firm are experienced and qualified personal injury professionals. If you’ve been injured, we will be your advocate and legal representative. Call us today for a free consultation and to get the compensation you deserve.