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

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Many people in New Jersey walk in order to get to where they need to be. They rarely ever consider the possibility of them being involved in an accident in doing so. However, an accident can happen anywhere at any time. This may be the case when walking if a property owner does not take care of their grounds. This can make the property become dangerous and cause harm to people as a result.  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?

There are a variety of places where a slip and fall accident can take place in New Jersey. This can include sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. These accidents may happen in the event 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?

Property owners in the state of New Jersey are required to take care of the grounds they own to ensure they are safe. This is to make sure others who come onto the property cannot become harmed due to unsafe conditions. Those obligated to do so include private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. It is important to know that property owners are also responsible for the sidewalk adjacent to their property. This requires them to make sure it does not become dangerous. This may be the case as after snow or ice covers it. Property owners in the state have a designated amount of time from the end of a snowfall to clean up and be sure the sidewalk is no longer hazardous. If the injury occurs within this time period, there may not be a successful case. If it happens after the fact, the property owner may be liable. 

How do I Prove Negligence?

Injured parties can pursue legal action after a slip and fall accident by filing a personal injury claim. During this time, they must prove the property owner was negligent and this directly caused the injuries they sustained. This can be done by gathering evidence that shows the property owner knew about the hazard that caused the accident and did not 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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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.