Liability in New Jersey Personal Injury Cases

When someone becomes injured as a result of another party’s negligence, it is known as a personal injury accident. This happens when that party fails to provide the general public with the lawful standard of care that is required of them. This can seriously injure or even cause death to a person as a result. In the event of this, the injured party is able to hold a negligent party responsible through a personal injury lawsuit.

Premises Liability

Premises liability lawsuits take place when a person becomes injured on another party’s property because it is not taken care of and is dangerous. Premises liability law covers situations such as slip and fall accidents, dangerous conditions, defective security, inadequate maintenance, school negligence, and more.

In the state of New Jersey, property owners are obligated to provide people with a safe property so that they do not sustain injuries while on the property. In order to do so, property owners are required to make repairs to their property, warn people about unsafe conditions, ensure the property is safe, and provide necessary security measures. If a person becomes injured because of a property owner’s failure to maintain a safe premises, they can be held liable for negligence.

In order to hold a negligent party responsible for an injury, the injured party must pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This requires them to prove the negligent party was responsible for taking care of the property they were injured on and that the injuries were a result of their failure to do so.

Product Liability

Product liability cases occur when a person becomes injured at the expense of a defective product. This happens when a mistake is made or manufacturers deviate from the usual protocol during production. When a product is made incorrectly, it can malfunction and severely injure a person. There are three main categories of defects seen in product liability cases:

  • Design defect: When a designer does not account for a user’s safety when creating the product
  • Manufacturer defect: When a manufacturer strays from the usual production process, causing the product to injure someone
  • Failure to warn: When a company fails to provide a warning label for a product that can hurt someone if it used incorrectly

Statute of Limitations

When a person is injured in a personal injury accident, it is important that they not wait too long to file for a lawsuit if they wish to do so. This is because there is a statute of limitations that requires them to meet a deadline to file a claim. If they do not do so within this time limit, the injured party may lose their right to a case. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations on a personal injury lawsuit is two years.

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If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.