How Long Can I Claim Injury After a Car Accident?
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Nov 11, 2016 in Car Accidents News
In the state of New Jersey, auto accidents have a two-year statute of limitations in which an injured person can file a lawsuit. In certain instances, the amount of time may vary but it is advisable for victims to speak to a New Jersey personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
A statute of limitations is a state law that specifies how much time injury victims have to initiate a lawsuit in court. It is generally spelled out in years and deadlines may vary depending on the type of lawsuit you want to file. This statute of limitation includes vehicle collisions involving pedestrians, passengers, bicyclists and motorcyclists.
While the law requires car accident victims file lawsuits within two years, it is wise to begin a claim as quickly as possible after a car crash. When an injured victim delays filing a claim, it makes it easier for the defendant to claim they are not responsible for the injury. A jury may think that the claim was an afterthought and just a way for the victim to blame someone else and collect compensation.
Another way to remove suspicion after a collision is to seek immediate medical attention. Often, injured victims wait to be assessed and receive medical treatment because they think they are just a bit shaken up from the stress of the accident. However, adrenaline can kick in and mask pain that will be felt later. Even a delay of three hours can be enough time for a defendant to claim you were hiding another cause of your injuries.
While it is understandable why some victims do not go to the hospital due to high insurance premiums or out of pocket expenses, it may be the best chance of documenting injuries and filing successful claims with their attorneys to offset property and medical damages.
If you were injured in a car crash, you may feel overwhelmed by your medical bills, injuries, lost wages and emotional distress. At Lynch Law Firm, we are committed to your recovery and your rights. We will work tireless on your behalf to recover maximum compensation. Contact our car accident attorneys today for a free claim review.
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