Enormous Personal Injury Cases in Civil Filing Statistics in New Jersey

The New Jersey Judiciary provides the data of filed cases in civil jurisdiction at the trial courts. One may easily access these records through the official website of the New Jersey Courts. Each year, the New Jersey judiciary publishes statistics for civil cases tried. The statistics include a categoric summary of the cases by county, as also a case type summary for each county.

There is a huge bulk of cases filed in courts annually. These cases and their data need to be arranged and managed so that the courts function in an organized and hassle free manner.

As per recent records provided officially for July 2013 to June 2014, the cases are firstly classified into four types, basically Track I, dealing in the negotiable instruments, book accounts, declaratory judgment actions, PIP coverage, real property and UM/UIM coverage; Track II representing auto negligence—personal injury and property damage, contract/commercial transactions, employment other than CEPA or LAD, UM/UIM bodily injury and other torts; Track III including cases on assault and battery, civil rights, medical and professional malpractice, product liability and toxic tort; and Track IV, containing actions in lieu of prerogative writ, complex commercial litigation, environmental coverage litigation and multicounty litigation.[1] Statistics also show that the top five largest number of cases filed by type were those in Track II auto negligence—personal injury with 25,829 filings, followed by Track I book accounts with 11,908 filings, Track II personal injury with 11,126, Track II contract/commercial transactions with 10,155 and Track IV multicounty litigation with 6,621 filings. These five case types made up roughly 75% of the civil cases filed in New Jersey in the time period; while Track II overhauling with personal injury cases. Personal injury filings even topped in the list in the largest number of backlogged cases with 12,878 represented by multicounty litigation; 5,005 represented by auto negligence–personal injury; 2,587 represented by personal injury; 655 represented by medical malpractice; and 554 represented by contract/commercial transactions. These personal injury lawsuits involved a wide range of injuries, including construction accidents, defective products, dog bites, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse, slip and fall accidents, and wrongful death.



[1] See “New Jersey Judiciary CIVIL STATISTICS November 2014” at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/quant/gray1411.pdf

 



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