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The Statute of Limitations Determines When You Have To File A Lawsuit


After an accident, receiving prompt medical attention should be your primary concern. However, always keep in mind of the Statute of Limitations, which determines when you have to file a lawsuit for injuries that you sustained from a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall to name a few. In New Jersey, the general rule that applies to most (not all) personal injury claims is that you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim or lawsuit. There are, however, many exceptions to the general two-year Statute of Limitations rule. If a claim for personal injuries is not brought within the Statute of Limitations it is very likely that you will give up, or waive, your right to bring any such claims. To find out what time limitations apply to your accident, please contact one of our experienced attorneys as soon as possible. In the meantime, below are a couple of the exceptions to the general two-year statute of limitations period for accidents in New Jersey.

  • Accidents involving the New York or New Jersey Port Authority: A case against the Port Authority must be brought within one year or you will lose your right to file a personal injury claim. In addition to filing the lawsuit within one year, there are requirements that the Port Authority be given advanced notice before a lawsuit is filed.
  • Accidents with a Government or Public Entity: In addition to filing a lawsuit within two-years, a government or public entity must be provided notice of the accident within 90 days of the accident, according to the Tort Claims Act.

Did you know that even carnival or amusement park accidents have special time limitations? Minors also have additional time to file a claim. The moral of the story is that there are many different time limitations that could apply to your case.

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