As pedestrians, we walk along the streets on sidewalks and do not expect any danger or harm to come to us. We may simply be out on a leisurely stroll or a run around the neighborhood. Of course, accidents can happen though. While walking along the sidewalk, you may experience an accident. If you slip and fall due to a hazard, you may want to seek liability for this hazard. As a pedestrian, you expect safe walking conditions. If you wish to seek action, contact our legal professionals for counsel. We want to help you get what you are entitled to.
How can a municipal entity be involved in a slip and fall accident?
When slip and fall accidents occur, they may be due to a variety of reasons. The sidewalk could have loose debris or be incomplete in some ways. If there are hazards, they should be addressed. Often times, those responsible for maintaining the sidewalk are the adjacent property owners. However, if a municipal entity is involved, then you may need legal counsel on how best to seek action. These cases can require more evidence and work due to the involvement of the municipal being.
How can I prove that the municipal entity was responsible for my accident?
In order to prove liability, it is important to appoint the burden of proof. In New Jersey, the injured party needs to demonstrate that their injury was caused by the negligence of another party. They need to prove that their injury was a direct effect of the accident that they were involved in. In order to prove that the municipality was liable, the injured party must have evidence that the municipality knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard. If they knew about the hazard but did nothing to fix it, you may have a solid case against them.
How can I gather evidence?
There are a few ways to gather evidence for slip and fall accidents. First, it is important to seek medical attention for your injuries. Your health always comes first. During this examination, it will also create a paper trail of your injuries. This documentation can be used to prove the extent of your injuries. If you saw any witnesses to the event, you should ask them for their contact information. By doing this, you can have a witness speak on your behalf of the sequence of events. This can help further prove the relation between your injuries and the hazard. Another account of the accident is useful.
For these cases, attorneys can be helpful when gathering evidence. If you are too injured to do so, an attorney can gather evidence on your behalf. In order to best represent yourself, contact our firm for any personal injury case.
Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel in New Jersey, please contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.