If you received an injury or otherwise incurred damages in the course of someone committing a criminal act, you cannot stand idly by. Instead, you must demand justice and file a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Continue reading to learn how you can obtain financial compensation as a crime victim and how an experienced Morris County personal injury attorney of Lutz Injury Law can assist you in the legal process ahead.
Am I able to seek compensation as a crime victim in the state of New Jersey?
Generally speaking, you may pursue a personal injury claim for your injuries as a victim of another party’s malicious actions. As a crime victim, you carry the responsibility of satisfying the burden of proof and showing that you were hurt as a direct result of another party’s criminal act. Common examples of this are if you were injured while another party committed an act of assault or drove under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
That said, while you can press charges to have the at-fault party prosecuted criminally, such as with jail time and fines, you can also press charges so that you can receive the financial compensation that you require to heal. This compensation can either be for economic or non-economic damages, such as the following:
- Economic damages:
- Current and future medical bills.
- Current and future lost wages.
- The loss of employment opportunities.
- The loss of use of your property.
- The economic value of your domestic services.
- Non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering.
- Emotional distress.
- Diminished quality of life.
- Loss of society or companionship.
- Disability or inconvenience.
What is the statute of limitations for a crime victim injury claim in the state of New Jersey?
In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims, such as a crime victim injury claim, is generally three years. This means that you have three years from the date that your accident occurred to file a claim. Otherwise, you will likely permanently lose your right to sue and, ultimately, to receive compensation.
That is why you must not hesitate in picking up the phone and consulting with a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney today. Rest assured, we will work tirelessly toward retrieving the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney at Lutz Injury Law as quickly as possible following the subject accident.