Slip & Fall Accident Attorneys in Somerset County, NJ
Slip and fall accidents can leave a victim with terrible injuries. These injuries can lead to a lifetime burdened by mounting medical bills, lost wages, and a serious impact on one’s quality of life. These injuries can include fractured bones, concussion, spinal cord damage, and much more. Slip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere. Whether you are in a building, supermarket, parking lot, or on a sidewalk or municipal property, the propensity for injury is there and very real. For New Jersey personal injury cases, the burden of proof is on the victim. If you were injured in a slip and fall, it would be on you to prove your case and provide evidence that the property owner acted negligently, causing your injury. With the help of an effective and skilled attorney, you could develop a comprehensive legal position and recover the compensation you deserve. For a consultation, contact Siragusa Law Firm.
When navigating the sidewalks of New Jersey, we are constantly at risk for injury. Whether the sidewalk is owned by the municipality or not, the adjacent landowner is often the one responsible for the upkeep of their walkway. The property owner must monitor walking surfaces and take the necessary action to rectify issues when they happen, in a timely manner. Some of the many issues a property owner should resolve include surface troubles, unattended dangerous substances, loose debris, and standing snow and ice. When it comes to hazards related to weather, a property owner has time to clear their walking surfaces after a storm. Each municipality has different regulations. If you took the risk to walk on sidewalks within the allotted time, you may not be able to recover damages. To have a case, you will have to prove negligence. You will have to provide evidence that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused your injury and did nothing to resolve it.
Parking Lot Accidents
Parking lots can be dangerous places. We don’t often consider the hazards we face when walking across parking lots to access schools, stores, courthouses, and other personal, commercial, and municipal properties. A person can be easily injured in a parking lot because of avoidable problems. The property owner is responsible for frequently checking the condition of the parking lot. This includes any loose debris, dangerous substances, and the weather conditions after a storm. Like sidewalk accidents, parking lot owners have a certain period of time to clear walking surfaces after a storm. Also, like any other slip and fall accident, you will need to prove your case and provide evidence of negligence.
Snow & Ice Accidents
Snow and ice accidents can end terribly. While walking on sidewalks, parking lots, commercial, municipal, and personal property, we can easily fall because of black ice and other wintery conditions left unattended. Slipping on ice or snow can lead to lasting physical and financial effects. Snow and ice accidents are unique because town ordinances provide time after a storm to clear surfaces. For example, our law firm is located in Bridgwater, New Jersey. Our town is strict about snow removal and a person that ignored the rules can be seriously fined. That said, the town provides 12 day-light hours to remove snow and standing ice from walking surfaces after a storm. If you were injured because of snow or ice within the given time, you may not be able to bring a lawsuit because of the risk taken. If left unattended, you could sue to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Shopping for groceries is a common activity that doesn’t necessarily drum up images of danger, but there are thousands of people each year that are injured in supermarkets. The store staff and owners are responsible for monitoring the grocery store property, including the aisles and parking lots. These personal injury cases involve various hazards, including outdoor elements that are brought into the store, spills, loose produce, falling items, and unattended products on the floor. When a store is negligent, you may be able to recover damages. Like all other slip and fall accidents, you must prove that the staff or owner should have known about the hazard that hurt you and did not take the necessary steps to rectify the matter.
If you are injured on municipal property, a personal injury case becomes complex. Like any other property owner, actors of a municipality is responsible for monitoring and clearing its property of hazards, including potholes and other surface issues, slippery and dangerous substances, loose debris, and unattended weather conditions. Municipal cases are different because you are taking legal action against the government.
According to Title 59, New Jersey allows for lawsuits based on personal injury matters. Aside from gathering evidence and demonstrating municipal agents’ negligence, you will have only 90 days from the incident to file a Notice of Claim. If New Jersey agrees that your claim is valid and that it was caused by the negligence of one of its actors, you will be compensated for your injuries. If it disputes your claim, you may need to file a lawsuit.
Proving Your Case
The one common thread amongst all slip and fall accidents is the burden of proof. Simply put, you must prove your case. In doing so, you may be entitled to a range of damages. To accomplish this, you will need to prove that the property owner or those working for he or she knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard that caused the injury and did not act in a timely manner. Proving your case can be difficult and takes immediate action. You or your attorney will need to collect evidence of the hazard that caused your injury before it disappears. You have two years from the incident to take legal action per the statute of limitations, so you must act quickly.
The first thing you should do is seek medical attention. There is nothing more important than being cared for after you are injured. Not only do you get the care you need, but medical professionals will also document your injury, the approximate time of your injury, and the location the incident took place. If you are physically able, try and collect evidence for yourself. Take pictures on your phone. Talk to witnesses and collect their information to support your claim if it ever becomes a necessity. If you are not able to collect evidence for yourself, contact our firm to come to the scene and collect evidence on your behalf. The liable party will quickly act to erase the evidence and stop anyone else from suffering the same fate. If you have been injured because of snow and ice, it is crucial that someone collects evidence because Mother Nature can quickly erase evidence with an uptick in temperature or a parting of the clouds. If you are injured in a supermarket or on municipal property, you may be able to use surveillance cameras as evidence as well.
Contact A Somerset County Personal Injury Attorney
Siragusa Law Firm is comprised of experienced Somerset County slip and fall attorneys serving New Jersey. Our firm understands the impact of a personal injury on the individual and their family. It is important to have quality legal support through the entire ordeal and our firm is ready to serve. Siragusa Law Firm is honored to be a lifeline to those injured by negligence. Our firm understands that your future is at stake and we will fight for maximum compensation for your injuries. For a consultation, contact Siragusa Law Firm.