In New Jersey, property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their properties safe for all invitees and licensees. This applies to homeowners, businesses, and municipal buildings. An invitee is a person invited onto the property for business or commercial reasons. A licensee is a person that was on the property for non-business or non-commercial reasons, such as social gatherings. In some circumstances, premises liability laws can even apply to trespassers. If a property owner fails to keep the premises safe, serious accidents occur, and he or she may be held liable for any resulting injuries. Read on to learn more about premises liability in New Jersey.
What do I do if I am Injured on the Property of an Individual or Establishment?
Accidents can happen anywhere, from a friend’s house to a restaurant to a supermarket. If you can prove that you were injured due to the property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, be sure to take the following steps:
- Call 911- The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more.
- Document the scene- Take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information- Those who saw the accident occur may be able to provide important witness testimony.
- Seek medical attention- Go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact an attorney- An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you obtain more evidence, including security camera footage, police reports, etc.
- File your claim on time- In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a premises liability accident, contact our firm to speak with an experienced and dedicated attorney.
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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.