People typically see going to the supermarket as a mundane chore. They usually do not see it as a potentially dangerous place. However, when the property is not taken care of, it can become hazardous and cause injuries to shoppers. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation with the help of an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney.
How Do I Prove Negligence?
All property owners in the state of New Jersey have a legal obligation to take care of their grounds. This is so that others cannot become harmed as a result of hazards on their property. This can be done by making sure staff is properly trained and implements the right safety precautions in addition to conducting routine inspections. Without these, shoppers can sustain life-changing injuries, leading to a personal injury lawsuit.
When a personal injury claim is filed, the injured party is required to prove the other party was, in fact, negligent. This can be done by satisfying the burden of proof with evidence that shows the supermarket’s failure to provide safe grounds directly caused the accident and their injuries. Evidence that can be helpful in court can include medical documentation of the injury, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the accident.
How Do I Recover Compensation?
If the injured party is successful in proving negligence, they may recover compensation. This provides coverage for any damages incurred due to the accident. Oftentimes, after an accident, people can suffer emotionally as well as physically. It is because of this that they can receive two types of compensation: economic and non-economic. Economic compensation is for financial burdens such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more. Non-economic compensation is for emotional suffering, such as the loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and more.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
After an accident, injured parties should not wait too long to file a claim. This is because there is a statute of limitations in place, putting a deadline on the amount of time a person has to file a personal injury claim. If they do not meet this deadline, the individual may lose their chance to pursue legal action and recover compensation entirely. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the injury.
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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.