When Is It Too Late to File for Your Slip and Fall Injury?
A few months ago, you slipped on a wet floor mat just inside your local grocery store. You landed on your back and grimaced in pain. You seemed a little caught off guard by the incident, but decided to brush it off like it wasn’t a big deal.
What seemed like simple soreness didn’t go away. The weeks of back soreness turned into months of severe back pain. When you finally visit your doctor, you learn that you have a herniated disk in your back. Since this injury was originally caused by that slip and fall incident months ago, can you still file an injury claim?
This is a common question we routinely get from our clients. After the initial shock of a slip and fall accident, you may not realize how hurt you really are. It may take days, weeks, or even months (evident in the example above) to learn what type of injury you have and how severe it is. After learning about your injury, what will you do next?
New Jersey’s Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations
In New Jersey, you have up to two years after a slip and fall accident to file a lawsuit. So even if you discover an injury a year from now or are still feeling the effects of an injury, you still have ample time to file a lawsuit against the party who’s at fault. If you do not file your claim within two years, the court will likely dismiss your claim altogether.
New Jersey’s statute of limitations is only a deadline for getting your slip and fall injury case started. The two-year timeframe has nothing to do with the resolution of your case. Your case could even be resolved before you go to court.
What about an instance in which you decide to start discussing your settlement before you even file a complaint? The statute still applies. If you’re at the point where you are discussing a settlement, you should consider filing a lawsuit to protect your rights. This is a good idea because you will have an option in case settlement talks break down. It’s merely a backup plan for your sake.
Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone Today
For thirty years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been helping the victims of slip and fall accidents across New Jersey file their injury claims in a timely fashion. If you believe your injury was the result of a slip and fall accident, it’s time to speak up before it’s too late to get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Contact our Jersey City offices now. Attorney Anthony Carbone will walk you through the claims process and help get your life back on track. The consultation is free.