The weather is quickly getting colder here in New Jersey. Before you know it, you will be shoveling your driveway and salting your sidewalks. While we often do our best to maintain our properties in the winter, snow and ice can be dangerous, and accidents often occur. If you are injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation for both physical and emotional damages. Read on to learn about snow & ice accidents in New Jersey and understand your options if you have been injured.
Types of Snow & Ice Accidents
Unfortunately, there are plenty of ways to become injured during the winter months. It is common to slip and injure oneself on a sidewalk, stairway, parking lot, or other slippery surfaces. If these areas are not properly maintained, they can become hazardous.
Who is Responsible For a Snow and Ice Accident?
In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for maintaining their residences. This includes homeowners, stores, businesses, and municipal property owners. If you slip on icy steps on your way into a store, the store owner is likely responsible for your injury. Property owners of all kinds are responsible for removing snow and ice within a certain amount of time after a rain or snowfall, depending on the specific rules of your municipality. You can contact our office to find out if you were injured within this grace period.
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
When taking legal action for a slip & fall injury, it is important to provide proof. This proof may include photos of the scene of the accident, testimony from witnesses of the accident, security footage, medical documentation, and more. If possible, always remember to take photo evidence before leaving the scene of your accident.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you may experience physical pain, emotional distress, lost wages, inability to work, and medical expenses, among other complications. If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you likely deserve compensation. Sometimes, it can be difficult to prove negligence, so it is important to reach out to a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who can get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq.
We understand how difficult an injury can be, and the toll it may take. We are here to make sure you receive the proper compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. to discuss your case. Stay safe this winter and please reach out if we can help!