When walking the streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities of New Jersey, you have to be careful of obstacles and hazards that can lead to injury. A pedestrian can sustain major injuries by walking down their own street. Victims of a slip and fall accident can face lasting injuries, unforeseen future effects, and the financial burden of lost wages and overwhelming medical bills. In some unfortunate cases, a slip and fall accident is caused by the negligence of another person. In these situations, a court may award you damages based on their inaction. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. Don’t sit idly by and allow a person to impact your life. If you need representation to guide you through your slip and fall case, The Mark Law Firm, LLC is here to serve.
In New Jersey, slip and fall accidents happen every day. If you have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, you have a lot to consider about your future and you need to protect yourself. Most cases of slip and fall injuries will occur on a pedestrian surface like a street, sidewalk, or parking facility. They are caused by conditions including:
According to New Jersey state laws, a property owner is responsible for keeping their surfaces clear of hazardous conditions, to a reasonable extent. If a property owner knew or should have known about a hazard, they may be liable for the injury sustained by another person. In the case of weather-related conditions, a town or county will have guidelines that detail a property owner’s responsibility. Most cities and towns have laws that establish how quickly snow and ice should be removed from a premises after a storm. If a property owner neglects to clear a public surface and you are injured because of that inaction, you may be entitled to recover damages. Accordingly, other hazards are supposed to be handled in a timely fashion as well. If you have been injured on a municipal property, you can recover damages for your injuries as well. The major difference is the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations on a slip and fall accident that occurred on private or commercial properties is two years. If the accident happened on the surface of federal, state, or municipal property, you have less time, which varies with the responsible parties.
Though you were injured on someone’s property, it does not automatically mean they are responsible for your injuries and liable for damages. According to NJ law, you have the burden of proof and need to establish that a hazard existed, the negligent party knew or should have known it existed, and that it was unavoidable. After seeking medical attention for your injuries, you should document your surrounding and take contact information from any witnesses that saw the injury occur. When facing hazardous conditions related to weather, you have limited time to collect evidence as that weather condition can change within minutes. If you have a phone with a camera, a lot of evidence can be collected that way. If you are too injured to collect evidence, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC to act quickly.
A slip and fall accident can be very serious. One can sustain major head and back injuries that may impact your life and livelihood. If you have been the victim of someone else’s negligence, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today. Our team of attorneys have years of experience representing victims of a variety of personal injury cases. Our New Jersey firm will work tirelessly to explore all legal means in order to protect your livelihood from unforeseen future burdens. Don’t allow another’s negligence to impact your life, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.