There are a lot of great things about winter. You can enjoy snow days, sledding, and drinking hot chocolate. But, there are some aspects that are less than ideal, like shoveling your driveway and bearing the cold. One of the worst parts of winter is the high potential to slip and become seriously injured. During these months, simple tasks like walking to your car or going down a set of stairs can become seriously dangerous. If you find yourself injured due to snow and ice, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Read on for more information regarding snow and ice accidents in New Jersey.
Can I Recover Compensation for a Snow and Ice Accident?
Whether you can recover compensation for your injury depends upon a few different things. In New Jersey, property owners are legally obligated to keep their properties safe; this applies to homes, shops, businesses, and municipal properties. For example, if you slip and fall on an icy patch walking into a store, the store-owners would likely be held responsible. But, this is not true of every accident. New Jersey residents have a certain amount of time after a rain or snowfall event to clean their property of snow and ice. This window of time varies by municipality. Reach out to our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside of this window of time.
Steps to Take After an Injury
- Seek the proper medical attention for your injuries
- Collect proof
- You will have to prove that some form of negligence occurred to cause your accident. You can do this by taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident and obtaining the contact information of any witnesses.
- Make sure you file your personal injury claim on time.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to take legal action, you will have to do so by a certain deadline. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years. If you fail to file your claim within two years of your accident, you will most likely lose your chance to recover compensation. To avoid missing any important deadlines, reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow and ice accident, reach out to our firm to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.
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Currently, it is unclear whether employees will have the right to file COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims, however, if the time comes where this becomes legislation, our firm is here to help. As we learn more, we will bring this information to you. Contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod today to learn more.