The New Jersey Tort Claims Act (Title 59 of the New Jersey Statutes) is legislation that outlines the procedures and limitations for filing a lawsuit against public entities and public employees in the state of New Jersey. The law, commonly known as “Title 59,” establishes the framework for how individuals can seek compensation for injuries or damages caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of public entities and their employees.
Title 59 grants certain immunities to public entities and employees, shielding them from liability in certain situations. However, there are exceptions, and individuals may still be able to file a lawsuit under specific circumstances. The act outlines specific situations where public entities and employees are immune from liability, such as certain discretionary actions taken in the course of official duties.
Title 59 imposes strict notice requirements on individuals seeking to file a lawsuit against a public entity or employee. Generally, a notice of claim must be filed within a specified time frame after the injury or damage occurs. There are also limits on the amount of damages that can be awarded in lawsuits against public entities and employees in order to provide a level of protection for public funds.
It’s important for individuals considering legal action against a public entity or employee in New Jersey to consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury or government liability law in order to navigate the complexities of Title 59.