Will The New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Have an Impact on The Statute of Limitations in New Jersey?

Everyone who is wrongly injured in an accident has a right to compensation, especially if they need it to help them recover from those injuries. However, to win the compensation you need, you will have to file a personal injury claim in accordance with the state’s statute of limitations. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is, generally, two years, you will generally have two years from the date of your accident to sue the party responsible.

That being said, with the recent COVID-19 outbreak, courts and other establishments across the state are now closing. If you are someone who was injured in an auto accident, for example, yet you waited to file a personal injury claim because you either didn’t want to get caught up in the process, or you simply figured you’d wait to see if your injuries would heal before holding someone financially accountable and are now approaching the statute of limitations, you may have a unique situation on your hands amidst the outbreak. If courts are to close and your legal matter is not yet resolved and you are about to hit the two-year mark, what happens? Unfortunately, we do not yet have an answer to this question, though our hope is that the state will extend all statute of limitations in response to the government’s call to self-quarantine, stay inside, and limit contact with others. As soon as we hear more about this, we will let you know. Until then, stay safe, and do not hesitate to speak with our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys and ask us any other questions you may have.

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Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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