If you have been injured due to the negligence or physical harm of another, it may be a very hard and trying time for you and your family. The injury may cause lifelong medical issues that involve medical equipment, specialists, and in some circumstances, around the clock care for medical professionals. If this has happened to you, it is important to have an attorney on your side to help fight for you. The legal professionals at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. are prepared to help you recover for the injuries you suffered.
What is a Personal Injury
A personal injury is the physical harm or mental anguish that is caused either by the actions or negligence of another party. It is important to note that these actions do not have to be intentional. Depending on your individual circumstances, if you have a valid case, an attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company or you may have to go to trial.
Time Limits on Personal Injury Lawsuits
As for most lawsuits, states will put a certain time limit, called the statute of limitations, on how long a person has to bring a suit against another party. This is generally done so that when a case is brought, those involved and evidence that may be used will be readily available or fresh in any witnesses mind. In the state of New Jersey, an injured party generally has two years from the date of his or her injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If the injured person is a minor, that may be extended to two years after the minor reaches the age of 18. However, if the claim is against a city or government agency or any public entity, under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, you must provide notice of the claim within 90 days. It is very important to understand and know this date because it is unlikely that a court will hear your case once the statute of limitations has expired, which means that you will lose your right to compensation for your injury. Contacting an attorney at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. soon after your injury will be useful in determining whether or not you have a case and to make sure that your case is filed before the statute of limitations has expired.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury can encompass a wide array of cases and injuries. If you have been injured by another person as a result of his or her actions or negligence, you may have a case to recover compensation. It is important to let an attorney review your case to determine what compensation you may be entitled to. The following include some common types of personal injury cases:
· Auto accidents;
· Slip and falls;
· Wrongful death;
· Pharmaceutical injuries (generally giving the wrong type of medicine);
· Product liability;
· Workplace accidents; and
· Construction site accidents.
Each type of personal injury case is unique and has its own specific type of laws and statutes that govern how things are done, what damages can be awarded, etc. While auto accidents are the main type of personal injury cases that are brought before the court, many different circumstances can occur that will cause a right for a personal injury suit to be brought.
Contact an Oaklyn Personal Injury Attorney Today
Being involved in a personal injury case can be a very stressful and trying time for anyone. Make sure to have an attorney on your side that will fight for you. Contact the Oaklyn personal injury attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. today and let us begin working immediately.