Walking is a simple activity that should never end in an accident. However, the reality is that it is possible for an accident to happen anytime, anywhere. A slip and fall accident can take place if a property owner does not take care of the grounds they are responsible for, thus causing it to become hazardous. This can cause potentially life-changing injuries to the people who are involved. If you were harmed in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for help recovering compensation.
What are Examples of Accidents?
There are many different places where a slip and fall accident can happen in New Jersey, such as sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. These may be seen in the event of the following:
- Hazardous sidewalks
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
Who is Liable for an Accident?
In New Jersey, property owners are required by law to make sure their grounds are safe. This is so that others cannot be harmed as a result of negligence. All private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties must be in compliance with this law, otherwise they can be held liable for injuries that happen as a result. In addition to this, property owners are responsible for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their grounds. This means they must make sure this is hazard free as well, otherwise they can be held liable for sidewalk accidents.
How do I Prove Negligence?
When a person is injured in a slip and fall accident due to a property owner’s negligence, they can pursue legal action. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim in which they are required to prove negligence was the direct cause of their injuries. This is possible through evidence that shows the property owner knew of the conditions that caused their injuries and failed to fix it. Evidence that can be helpful for a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more. If successful, the injured party may be able to recover compensation for any damages that stem from the incident.
Contact our Firm
Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.