Many people in New Jersey walk on a daily basis, whether it may be as transportation, exercise, or leisure. Generally, walking should not be seen as a dangerous activity. However, people can still become injured on a walk if the property they are on is not taken care of by those whose job it is to do so. When this happens, victims can sustain significant damages as a result. It is because of this that it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for help receiving rightful compensation during this time.
Examples of Accidents
There are many ways that slip and fall accidents can happen in sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and more. This can include the following:
- Damaged sidewalks
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
Who is Liable?
In New Jersey, all property owners are legally required to make sure their grounds are safe. This is so that people cannot become injured when they come onto the property. This obligation is the same for private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. It is important to note that property owners are responsible for the sidewalk adjacent to their property as well.
This position requires the property owner to clean the grounds after poor weather conditions, such as snow and ice. In New Jersey, property owners have a designated amount of time after a snowfall to ensure a sidewalk is safe for people to walk. If a pedestrian is harmed within that period of time, they are considered to be walking at their own risk and may not have a successful case. However, if the injury occurs after the window of time passes, the property owner may be liable.
When a slip and fall accident occurs due to negligence, the injured party may want to pursue legal action. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim, requiring the injured party to prove negligence. This can be done with evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have known, about the hazard that caused the accident and the injuries. Helpful evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the incident.
Contact our Firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.