Winter is right around the corner. Often, when thinking of winter, we imagine the holidays and drinking hot chocolate, but with the cold weather comes snow and ice. Sometimes, this is a good thing. It can mean ice skating and snow angels. But, it can also be dangerous. It is easy to slip and fall on some unsalted steps and face serious injury. Read on to learn about snow & ice accidents in New Jersey, and your legal options if you are injured due to the negligence of another party.
Types of Snow & Ice Accidents
There are different types of accidents when it comes to snow & ice. Some of the most common places for an individual to suffer from a snow or ice slip and fall accident include parking lots, sidewalks, stairways, and more.
Who is Responsible For a Snow and Ice Accident?
In New Jersey, property owners are liable when it comes to taking care of their property. This includes residents, public stores, private companies, and municipal properties. For example, if you slip on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house, the owner of that house is likely responsible for your accident. In fact, property owners are responsible for removing all snow and ice within a certain amount of hours after the snow or rainfall, depending on the specific rules of your municipality. If you have questions about whether you were injured within the grace period, give our firm a call today.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured and you wish to take legal action, it is important to provide proof that some form of negligence caused your accident. You can obtain this proof by taking photos of the dangerous conditions. For example, if you slip on ice, snap a photo at the scene of the accident before you leave. It may also be helpful to provide medical documentation. Additionally, if possible, collect the information of any witnesses who may have seen your accident occur. They may be able to vouch for you, providing additional proof.
Recovering Compensation After a Slip & Fall Accident
In order to recover compensation after a slip & fall accident, you will have to prove that another party’s negligence caused your injury. It may be difficult to receive the compensation you need from insurance companies, so you should contact a lawyer who will be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. A knowledgeable and skilled attorney may be a necessary asset when it comes to recovering compensation. Compensation may include coverage of medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and more.
Contact Brown Law
At Brown Law, we understand the physical and emotional distress of an injury. You may experience physical pain, you may be out of work, resulting in lost wages, and you may be responsible for expensive medical treatment. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, contact Brown Law in order to get the compensation you deserve.
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.