Experiencing a slip and fall accident can result in severe injuries, from broken bones to paralysis. When you visit someone else’s property, perhaps their home or a business, the property owner is responsible for maintaining safety. However, if they fail to do so and you get injured, you have the right to seek legal compensation.
But, you do not have a lifetime to bring your personal injury slip and fall claim. Every type of legal claim has a statute of limitation, a timeframe within which you must file your claim. Since every state in the US has different limitations, it is important to know the law in New Jersey. If you are injured, speak to an attorney from The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone immediately.
Statute of limitations for a slip and fall claim in NJ
A statute of limitations is a legal timeframe or time limit within which the victim of a slip and fall accident can file a claim to recover damages for compensation. If the plaintiff waits too long, they will lose the right to recover these damages regardless of how strong their evidence may be. Therefore, getting started with your claim as soon as possible is crucial.
The statute of limitations for a slip and fall claim in New Jersey is two years from the date of the accident. This means that you must file within two years of experiencing a slip and fall accident. While there are certain exceptions to this two-year rule, these are only allowed in rare circumstances. If you have crossed the two-year limit, speak to an attorney for further options.
How is liability proved in a slip and fall accident in NJ?
Proving liability for slip and fall accidents in NJ essentially requires evidence, such as photos, videos, witness statements, medical records, etc. However, all this evidence must prove four important elements of negligence. If you can successfully prove them, you win the case.
- The defendant owed you a duty of care; that is, they were responsible for providing you with safe premises.
- The defendant failed to complete their duty as there were hazards on their property.
- The defendant’s carelessness in removing the hazards caused the accident.
- The accident resulted in your injuries and other damages.
Whether you fell in a grocery store, a nursing home, a school premises, or a private homeowner’s property, you deserve compensation. Meet with an attorney today.