This winter, New Jersey is bound to see some snow & ice. As the temperature decreases, the likelihood of an injury increases. Unfortunately, it is common to slip on a patch of ice walking to your car, running errands, and so on. But, in some cases, you can become seriously injured– in this case, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on for more information about snow & ice accidents in New Jersey and what you should do if you become injured.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Snow & Ice Injury?
An injury can take a serious toll. You will likely be impacted financially in terms of hospital bills, missed work, and lost opportunities. But, you will also be impacted physically and emotionally. In many cases, you deserve to be compensated for your injury-related expenses, but also for your pain and suffering. In order to recover compensation, your accident must have occurred under a few specific circumstances.
New Jersey Property Laws
In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe. This applies to homeowners, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. After a snow or rainfall event, a property owner will have a certain window of time during which they must clean their property of snow and ice. If the property owner fails to do so, and someone is injured as a result, he or she will likely be considered negligent and held responsible for the accident. It is important to note that this window of time varies by municipality, so if you are unsure about whether your accident occurred within this timeframe, contact our firm.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
To prove that some form of negligence caused your accident, you will have to provide proof. This may include taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident and gathering the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident occur.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
Generally, in New Jersey, you will have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. If you fail to file on time, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one is injured in a snow & ice accident, contact a skilled personal injury attorney today.
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If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an automobile 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!