New Jersey has gotten a lot of snow. With the recent storm comes snow & ice accidents. These accidents can occur anywhere, at any time, and can be serious. As a result, it is important to know what to do if you are involved in an accident. Read on to learn more about snow & ice injuries in New Jersey.
Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
In New Jersey, property owners are legally responsible for keeping their properties maintained. This applies to homes, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. So, if you were to slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of a house, that homeowner may be held responsible for your accident. There is a certain window of time by which property owners will need to clear their property of snow and ice. This window of time differs by municipality, so contact our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside this timeframe.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do this, you will have to provide proof of negligence. To do this, you should take the following steps:
- Seek medical attention. This is important when it comes to making sure your injuries heal properly. Additionally, it can provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injury.
- Document the scene. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident.
- Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your injury occur, collect their contact information as they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Retain the help of a personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to gather further evidence, including police reports and security camera footage.
- Make sure to file your claim on time.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to take legal action, you will have to file your personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in New Jersey you will have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you fail to file within two years, you will most likely lose your chance to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
CONTACT OUR FIRM
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.