During the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus, people in New Jersey are going to the grocery store a lot more frequently than they usually do to be sure they have everything they need during their stay at home. While this is usually a mundane chore, supermarkets can be potentially dangerous when the property is not taken care of. Those who become injured due to the negligence of a supermarket can pursue legal action with the assistance of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
How Do I Prove Negligence?
All property owners in New Jersey are legally obligated to take care of their grounds so that others cannot become injured as a result of hazardous property. This can be done by properly training staff, implementing the right safety precautions, and conducting routine inspections. Failure to do so can result in shoppers sustaining life-changing injuries and the filing of a personal injury claim.
When a personal injury claim is filed, the injured party must prove the other party was negligent. This can be done by showing, with evidence, that the supermarket failed to provide safe grounds, thus directly causing the accident and their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful in court can include medical documentation of the injury, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the accident.
How Do I Recover Compensation?
If the injured party successfully proves negligence, they may recover compensation as coverage for any damages due to the accident. After an accident, people can suffer emotionally as well as physically. That is why they can receive two types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic compensation exists for financial burdens such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more. Non-economic compensation exists for emotional suffering, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more.
Statute of Limitations
When an accident happens, injured parties should not wait long to file a claim, as there is a statute of limitations in place. This puts a deadline on the time a person has available to them to pursue legal action. If they do not meet this deadline, injured parties can lose their chance to hold the negligent party responsible altogether. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury.
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.