Can I File a Lawsuit for a Poor Lighting Accident in New Jersey?


Poor lighting can lead to severe injury. If you were injured due to a proper owner or manager’s failure to keep their establishment properly lit, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys to discuss your options.

Where do poor lighting accidents happen in New Jersey?

If you are visiting or are a guest of a public establishment, you will normally assume that the property is safe. However, in some cases, it may not be if the lighting is inadequate. Even if dim lighting is part of an institution’s ambiance, the owner or manager must still make reasonable agreements to make sure that the premises are safe. The most typical places where poor lighting accidents can occur include:

  • Public restroom injuries
  • Restaurant trips and falls
  • Movie theater accidents
  • Retail store falls
  • Public transportation matters
  • Inadequately lit government buildings
  • Other poor lighting cases
  • Grocery stores
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Poorly lit bars

What types of injuries can be sustained as a result of poor lighting?

Without proper lighting, an increase in the chances of someone getting injured in an accident can happen. For example, you may not be able to see changes in pavement, obstacles, or stairs. Some of the injuries that can result from an accident due to poor lighting include the following:

  • Head or brain injuries
  • Back, neck, or spinal cord injury
  • Facial injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Wrongful death

Can I recover damages for a premises liability accident?

Poor lighting that resulted in injury can create a viable premises liability claim. If you are found in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation. The type of compensation and the amount depend strongly on what losses you have faced and what burdens you are now left with. The most common compensation awards after a premises liability claim include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and lost future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death benefits
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

How long do I have to file a premises liability claim in New Jersey?

New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years for all personal injury claims. This means that if you did not file your claim within two years from the date of your poor lighting accident, you may have lost the chance to obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Contact our experienced personal injury firm today to ensure you have met your deadlines. Do not wait. Personal injury claims are time-sensitive.


If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!

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