When did this happen? You may have a civil rights claim. You need to speak with an attorney immediately to protect your rights. When suing a municipal entity or employee you need to file a notice of tort claim. It must be filed within 90 days after an incident, but can often be filed with the year if certain criteria are met.
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In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a civil-rights claim is two years from the date of the incident. If you are making a claim under either the federal or state constitutions, there is no need to file a Tort Claims Notice. If you are making a claim under the Tort Claims Act, you must file a claim within 90 days of the incident (up to on year if you can show extraordinary circumstances). If your child has a claim, then the statute is tolled. Lawsuits against government are tough and nearly impossible without an experienced attorney. I strongly urge you to find a civil-rights attorney in your area and speak at length about your potential issues. Good luck.
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