Many people in the state of New Jersey live in apartments that are run by landlords. They trust these individuals to care for the property they own so that they can live safely. However, it is an unfortunate reality that there are some landlords who are negligent and do not properly maintain their grounds. This can lead to different dangers such as defective smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, unsafe stairways, mold/asbestos, and more. When this happens, the people who live there can become injured or ill as a result. These situations can call for legal action to be pursued with the assistance of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
What Can I do if I Was Injured in an Apartment Accident?
When an injury happens due to a negligent landlord, there are several things that can be done to make the most of a personal injury claim. The first step of any claim is knowing how to prove negligence. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that shows the landlord knew, or should have reasonably known about the hazard and failed to fix it, directly causing the injuries. Evidence that can be beneficial in court can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the hazard or the incident itself, witness testimonies, and more.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
Individuals who were injured at the expense of a negligent landlord should not wait too long to pursue legal action if they want to do so. This is because a statute of limitations is in place. This is a deadline by which the injured person is required to file a claim. If they fail to meet this deadline, the injured party may lose their chance to hold the landlord liable for negligence and recover compensation for damages. In the state of New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury to file.
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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.