Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident in New Jersey?

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Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident in New Jersey?

There are many people in the state of New Jersey who walk every day. This may be to get somewhere, as exercise, or simply leisure. While walking is a simple activity that should never end in injury, this may be the case if the property a person is walking on is hazardous. A property can become hazardous if the owner does not maintain the grounds. This can lead to serious injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey slip and fall attorney for assistance in recovering compensation.

What are Examples of Accidents?

Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of different locations in New Jersey. This can include sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. This may be the case in the event of any 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 the state of New Jersey, property owners are legally required to maintain their grounds so that others cannot become harmed as a result of hazardous conditions. This obligation is required of private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. Property owners are also responsible for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their property, meaning they have to care for it. This may be necessary after inclement weather such as snow or ice. New Jersey property owners have a window of time from the end of a snowfall to clean up and ensure the safety of others. If a person walking is injured within that time frame, they may not have a case. However, if the injury occurs afterward, the property owner may be held liable. 

How do I Prove Negligence?

Injured parties can pursue legal action after a slip and fall accident by filing a personal injury claim. This requires them to prove that negligence took place and was the direct cause of their injuries. This is possible with evidence that shows the property owner knew about the hazardous conditions 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.

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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!

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