The winter months in New Jersey can be particularly icy and hazardous. The extreme weather cannot be prevented, however, premises owners in the state have the legal responsibility to maintain safety for visitors at all times.
If you have slipped or fallen on a premises in New Jersey due to snow or ice, you may be able to claim compensation. This is because the injury is likely to be costly in terms of medical bills and lost wages due to a lengthy recovery period.
In addition, the injury will have caused emotional and physical suffering, which the premises owner could have potentially prevented if they maintained their property adequately. It is important that you stand up for your rights to make a personal injury claim in New Jersey and that you take the time to understand your rights.
How can I successfully make a personal injury claim?
In order to make a successful personal injury claim after falling on snow and ice, you need to make sure that you act quickly. Waiting too long may mean that you pass the statute of limitations for your claim. Additionally, you need to provide adequate evidence to support your claims.
You need to show that you suffered actual damages in the form of medical bills or lost wages as a result of the injury. You also need to show how the premises owner, against which you are making a claim, failed in their duty of care. For example, if there was ice present in a parking lot walkway that presented a clear danger to visitors, the owner of the parking lot has the duty to make it safe. If this was not done and you fell as a result, you should be able to prove that the premises owner failed in their duty of care toward you.
You should also be able to show that the premises owner’s negligence was a direct cause of your injury, and that no other factor, such as your carelessness or intoxication, for example, caused the injury.
If you have suffered a fall on ice or snow in New Jersey, it is important that you consider taking action to gain back damages.