With the winter months approaching, you can guarantee there will be a spike of slip and fall accidents throughout the state of New Jersey. These accidents often happen suddenly and without warning, especially if an individual walks over a near-invisible patch of black ice. If you are someone who has been injured in a snow or ice accident in the state of New Jersey, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you have incurred. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of snow and ice accidents?
Snow and ice accidents can be caused by several different factors, though unfortunately, they can almost always be traced back to property owner negligence. Some examples of negligence can include leaving hanging icicles unattended to fall on an unlucky passerby, failing to salt or shovel all walkways and steps, and leaving handrails icy and slippery so individuals cannot get a grip if necessary.
Who is responsible for snow or ice accidents in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for clearing away all snow and ice from their property within twelve daylight hours after the weather event occurred. If you were injured after the twelve-hour window, you will most likely be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against a negligent property owner.
How do I sue a negligent party for my injuries?
To sue a negligent property owner, you will have to prove that the injuries you have sustained were as a direct result of his or her negligence. However, it should be noted that this is not always as easy as it sounds, so you will need an experienced attorney on your side. An attorney will use medical documents detailing the severity of your injuries, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accidents, police reports detailing how the incident happened, surveillance or security footage of the accident, witness statements, and more to prove your claim.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey?
Every state has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims in place. Simply put, the statute of limitations is the amount of time you have from the date of your accident to pursue legal action against a negligent party. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is two years. Though this may seem like a lot of time, the truth is, the sooner you file a claim, the better. That being said, if you wait any longer than two years, you will be denied your right to sue, no matter how badly you truly need the compensation. Reach out to our firm as soon as you can so we can get the claims process started.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.