Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to expensive medical bills, missed time from work, pain and suffering, and other losses. As a result, many people who are injured in these accidents need to file claims for just compensation. So, when can you file a claim for a slip-and-fall accident in New Jersey?
7 Questions to Determine if You Have a Slip-and-Fall Claim in New Jersey
Here are seven questions that will determine if you are entitled to financial compensation for your slip-and-fall accident:
1. Did You Slip and Fall on Someone Else’s Property?
Typically, to file a slip-and-fall accident claim, you need to fall on someone else’s property. If you fell at someone else’s house or apartment, an office building, a store or entertainment venue, or any other type of business or government facility, you may have a claim for compensation.
2. Did You Suffer Injuries Due to Your Fall?
In order to file a slip-and-fall accident claim, you need to be able to prove that you suffered injuries due to the fall. This could be a sprained ankle, broken wrist, concussion or any other type of traumatic injury.
3. Have You Obtained Treatment for Your Injury (or Injuries)?
Following a slip-and-fall accident, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Not only will this help ensure that you recover as quickly as possible, but it will also help prove how and when your injuries occurred.
4. Is the Property Owner Legally Responsible for Your Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Property owners can be held legally responsible for slip-and-fall accidents on various grounds. Inadequate maintenance, inadequate security, dangerous product displays and spills are just a small sampling of the numerous issues that can support claims for just compensation.
5. Is There Evidence Available to Prove Liability?
In addition to proving that your injuries are fall-related, you also need to be able to prove the property owner’s liability. This requires evidence from the scene of the fall, so it is important to investigate as soon as possible.
6. Were You Less Than 51 Percent at Fault?
Insurance companies will often try to blame slip-and-fall accident victims for their own injuries. But, as long as you were less than 51 percent at fault for your fall, you are entitled to financial compensation under New Jersey law.
7. Do You Still Have Time to File a Claim?
New Jersey has a two-year statute of limitations for slip-and-fall accident claims. If it has been less than two years since the date of your accident, you still have time to file a claim.
If the answer to all of these questions is “Yes,” then you should make a claim for just compensation. Even if your answer to any of these questions is, “I don’t know,” you should speak with a lawyer about your legal rights.
Talk to a Lawyer About Your Slip-and-Fall Accident in New Jersey
Are you entitled to financial compensation for your slip-and-fall accident? Contact us to find out today. Call 877-435-6371 or request a free consultation online to speak with an attorney in confidence as soon as possible.