Kreizer Law has experience with personal injury cases in both New Jersey and New York and will make sure you get the justice you deserve.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
There are many kinds of injuries that may give rise to a personal injury case.
Most often, personal injury cases involve moderate to severe physical injury, whether temporary or long-term. While the circumstances of each case vary, the kinds of physical injuries that can lead to personal injury cases include but are not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Accidents involving mass transit, like buses or trains
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, including those resulting in paralysis or brain damage
- “Slip and fall” cases that involve the liability of a property owner
- Injury caused by domesticated animals (i.e. dog bite injuries)
- Injuries caused by damage done to the environment, including exposure to toxic chemicals or other substances
Of course, “injury” can include other kinds of harm as well. Financial and reputational damage can also be causes of action in a personal injury case, including
- Worker’s compensation claims
- Abuse or harassment
- Intentional torts, including the infliction of emotional distress, trespass, assault, or battery
Personal Injury Claims Statute of Limitations
When considering hiring a personal injury lawyer, it’s important to take into account the statute of limitations for your injury. The statute of limitations provides a limited time-frame within which you are allowed to bring a lawsuit. Each state has its own statute of limitations for each kind of case you want to file.
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is 2 years from the date of the injury. However, the statute of limitations may be more or less depending on the specific harm that you’ve suffered, so you should consult a New Jersey injury lawyer who can advise you on the exact statute of limitations in your case.
In New York, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is 3 years from the date of the injury, meaning you have up to 3 years before you can no longer file a lawsuit. But, like New Jersey, depending on the kind of personal injury case, the exact statute of limitations may be different.
Medical malpractice claims, for example, must be filed within 2 years and 6 months from the date of the malpractice and may change further depending on whether the malpractice was a part of ongoing treatment.
Other rules and laws may allow exceptions or extensions, so it’s important to consult a New York accident attorney who can advise you on the exact statute of limitations in your case.
How Long Will My Case Take?
It is difficult to judge exactly how long a personal injury case will take because each one is very different. How long a case will take also depends on a variety of factors including the complexity of the case (medical malpractice vs. a car accident, for example), how much compensation you are seeking, and what kind of injury occurred.
Whether the case is settled or requires a jury to make a decision, the number of variables in a personal injury case means it could take anywhere from a few months to a few years to resolve.
Contacting a New Jersey or New York personal injury attorney is the best way to get an estimate on how long your case will take. An experienced lawyer will be able to analyze the facts of your case and give you an estimate of how long your case might take.
When Should I Contact an Attorney?
In the aftermath of an accident that results in serious or life-changing injuries, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer right away. By starting the process as soon as possible, you’ll be able to start seeking damages right away.
Contacting an attorney right away also gives you the opportunity to provide as many facts as possible about the accident while they are still fresh in your memory.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney in New Jersey or New York?
The personal injury attorneys at Kreizer Law have years of experience fighting for their clients in personal injury cases in both New Jersey and New York. If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered through a life-changing accident, contact us today toll-free at (800) 4-JUSTICE ® – (800) 458-7842.