Some people love the winter, while others can’t stand it. Regardless, of how you feel about the cold weather, snow & ice accidents can impact us all. Read on for more information regarding snow & ice accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event that an accident occurs.
Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Injury
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
- Call 911. If you slip and fall, you may become seriously injured. It may not seem necessary to go to the hospital, but it is possible to have sustained an injury without realizing or to have an injury that does not show symptoms until later on. Additionally, going to the hospital allows you to document the origin and extent of your injuries. Make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical information.
- Document the scene. Taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident can be vital to a case.
- Gather bystander contact information. If anyone witnessed your accident occur, gather his or her information, as this individual may be able to provide witness statements and corroborate your version of events.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to obtain further proof, such as police reports or security camera footage.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to make sure to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in New Jersey, you will have two years to file your claim. This means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
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.