There are many people who walk in order to get to where they need to be. In doing so, they rarely consider the idea that they will be involved in an accident. However, this is possible if the grounds they are walking on are not properly maintained. This may be the case if the property owner does not do their job in taking care of it. This can cause the ground to become hazardous and lead to injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey slip and fall attorney for assistance in recovering compensation.
What are Examples of Accidents?
There are many different places in which a slip and fall accident can occur in New Jersey, such as sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. This may be the case in the event of any of the following:
- Hazardous sidewalks
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
Who is Liable for an Accident?
In the state of New Jersey, property owners are legally obligated to make sure the grounds they own are safe. This is to make sure others who come onto these grounds cannot be harmed as a result of certain dangers. This is required of private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. Property owners are also responsible for taking care of the sidewalk adjacent to their property. This requires them to ensure it does not become dangerous to the public, such as after snow or ice covers it. In New Jersey, property owners have a certain amount of time from the end of a snowfall to clean up. If a person walking is injured within that period of time, they may not have a successful case. If the injury occurs after the fact, the property owner may be liable.
How do I Prove Negligence?
After a slip and fall accident, injured parties can pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim. In doing so, they are required to prove the property owner was negligent and this behavior directly caused their injuries. This is possible by gathering evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the conditions that caused the accident and did not fix it. Evidence that can be helpful for a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more.
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.