The cold weather has brought a lot of snow, and with the drop in temperature comes snow & ice accidents. Read on to learn more about what to do in the event that you are injured in a snow & ice accident in New Jersey.
Who is Responsible for Snow & Ice Accidents?
In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties safe and maintained. After a snow or rainfall event, property owners have a window of time by which their properties must be cleared of snow and ice. This applies to homes, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. The window of time differs by municipality, so contact our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside this timeframe.
What Do I Do if I am Injured?
If you are injured in a snow & ice accident, it is important to take the following steps:
- Seek medical attention. Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, it is important to go to the hospital anyway. This will allow you to make sure your injuries are cared for while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Document the scene. Make sure to take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
- Gather contact information. If anyone saw your accident occur, he or she may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Refrain from posting on social media. Posting on social media after an accident can severely damage your case.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather further evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind, but it is important that you do not wait too long. If you want to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to make sure to file your personal injury claim on 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. This means that if you fail to file your claim within two years of the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important accidents, reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident, contact our firm today to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.
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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!