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Beware of Statutes of Limitations

When an individual is injured in an accident due to the negligence of another party, they may want to consider bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party. Sometimes, people hesitate to bring a lawsuit for an extended period of time after the accident out of fear that they cannot afford the legal fees associated or they do not want to cause any trouble, especially if they need to bring their lawsuit against a friend or relative. One thing that people don’t realize is that personal injury attorneys are paid on contingency, meaning that they are only paid if they recover an award.
It is really important that if you are injured in a personal injury accident and are considering bringing a lawsuit against the negligent party, you do not hesitate too long. Anyone who wishes to bring a lawsuit is subject to the statutes of limitations. This is simply a deadline by which individuals must file their lawsuit. In New Jersey, individuals have to file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. If they fail to do so within that time frame, the state will not allow the individual to bring a lawsuit. It is also important to be aware that if you were injured due to the negligence of a municipality, you may be subject to filing a Notice of Claim. This is a similar concept to the statutes of limitations but it is just to notify a municipality that you plan to bring a lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine whether this is applicable to your case.
If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New Jersey, please contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze for any criminal and personal injury matters.

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