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What’s the Statute of Limitations for a Slip and Fall Claim in New Jersey?

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Slip and falls are common accidents across the country. In the United States, the rules around statutes of limitations will change depending on which state you’re in. It is important to be educated on the laws of your state to ensure you are following the proper legal procedures and to give yourself the best chance at collecting damages related to your injuries. Read on to find out more information about the statute of limitations for a slip and fall accident and contact a skilled New Jersey premises liability lawyer for representation.

What is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a law that dictates the maximum amount of time after a crime or accident in which someone can begin legal proceedings. This means that after an accident a victim only has a certain amount of time to file a claim or lawsuit. The statute of limitations will vary depending on what kind of crime or accident and what state you are in.

How Long is the Statute of Limitations for a Slip and Fall in NJ?

According to New Jersey state law, a victim of a slip and fall accident has two years from the date of the crime to file a claim or lawsuit. After the two years expire the statute of limitations has run out and you are no longer entitled to collect compensation for any damages associated with the accident.

How Can Slip and Falls Happen?

Accidents can happen for numerous reasons. In privately owned places slip and falls are one of the most common accidents that occur. In stores, restaurants, and other venues there tend to be loads of people milling around. Higher foot traffic means a higher potential for an accident to happen. Some common causes of slip and falls can include the following.

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Loose floorboards
  • Loose carpeting
  • Loose floormats
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Cracks or potholes in pavement

What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall?

After a slip and fall it is important to act quickly. Locate and notify the property owner or a staff member about the accident. Get to a hospital or doctor as quickly as possible to be assessed for injuries. This can help make sure that you are in good physical condition, you are treated for your injuries, and that you are beginning to collect accurate and well-documented evidence related to your case.

Even though you have two years from the date of the accident to begin legal proceedings, it is highly recommended that you act sooner rather than later. Obtain the services of a skilled lawyer as soon as possible. They will help you navigate the legal process and guide you through your claim or lawsuit. You will need to work with your attorney to gather relevant evidence that you can give to a court or insurance company to prove the property owner’s negligence which can result in you receiving a fair amount of compensation to cover your costs related to the accident.

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