The “New Jersey Tort Claims Act” is a piece of legislation in the state of New Jersey. It outlines the procedures and limitations for filing civil lawsuits against governmental entities within the state. The Tort Claims Act governs how individuals can seek compensation for injuries or damages caused by the actions or negligence of governmental entities or employees.
Key provisions of the New Jersey Tort Claims Act include:
1. Notice Requirement: The Act typically requires that individuals intending to file a claim against a governmental entity must provide notice of their claim within a specified period of time after the incident occurs. This notice must contain specific information about the claim, such as the nature of the claim, the date, time, and location of the incident, and the amount of damages sought.
2. Immunity: The Act grants limited immunity to governmental entities and their employees for certain actions performed within the scope of their official duties. However, this immunity is not absolute, and there are exceptions under which governmental entities can be held liable for negligence or wrongful acts.
3. Limits on Damages: The Tort Claims Act may impose limits on the amount of damages that can be recovered in tort claims against governmental entities. These limits vary depending on the nature of the claim and the type of damages sought.
4. Procedure for Filing Claims: The Act outlines the procedures for filing tort claims against governmental entities, including the forms and documentation required, as well as the process for adjudicating and settling claims.
The New Jersey Tort Claims Act serves to balance the interests of individuals seeking compensation for injuries or damages with the need to protect governmental entities from excessive liability and ensure the efficient operation of government functions. If you think you may have a case against a governmental entity in New Jersey call Mark C. Dewland P.C. at 609-472-1377 and get the help you need.
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