Unfortunately, during the winter season, snow & ice accidents are common. Simple activities like walking down the sidewalk or up the stairs into a store can result in serious injury. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about snow & ice accidents in New Jersey.
Who is Responsible for Snow & Ice Accidents?
New Jersey property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe and maintained. This applies to municipal buildings, homes, stores, and businesses. After a snow or rainfall event, there is a certain time by which properties must be cleared of snow and ice. This amount of time varies by municipality. But, if a property owner fails to clean his or her property and someone becomes injured, he will likely be considered negligent and held responsible for any injuries incurred.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
When it comes to recovering compensation, you will have to prove that your accident was caused by another party’s negligence. In order to do this, it is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Documenting the hazardous conditions that caused your accident can be a vital aspect of a personal injury case. Additionally, you should make sure to seek medical attention. When it comes to an injury, many people attempt to recover at home. This is often a bad idea as your injuries may not heal properly. But, going to the hospital will allow you to obtain proof of the extent and origin of your injuries. At the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for copies of any relevant medical documents. Witness testimony can also be important when it comes to a personal injury case. If anyone saw your accident occur, you should obtain their contact information. Lastly, reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney may be able to collect further evidence, including security footage and police reports.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to file a claim, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced attorney.
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