It is an unfortunate reality that personal injury accidents can happen just about anywhere. This can include everyday locations such as a parking lot. This may be if the party responsible for taking care of the property the lot is on fails to do so. This is because certain hazards can become present that make the grounds dangerous for those who use the lot. It is because of this that those who are harmed in these accidents can recover compensation for any damages incurred. This can be done with the help and guidance of a New Jersey personal injury attorney.
What Causes Parking Lot Accidents?
There are several different ways that a parking lot accident can happen in New Jersey. While regular inspections of the grounds should be done, this is not always the case, causing certain hazards to arise that make the grounds dangerous. This can include poor weather conditions, potholes, uneven or cracked surfaces, loose debris, poor lighting, inadequate security, and more.
How Do I Prove Negligence?
In New Jersey, all property owners are legally required to take care of the grounds they own. If they do not and an accident happens, the property owner may be held liable for any injuries that occur as a result. This can be accomplished by the injured party through a personal injury lawsuit to prove negligence. During this time, the injured party must satisfy the “burden of proof” with evidence that shows the property owner knew about the hazard and failed to fix it. Evidence to be used in court can include medical documentation of the injury, security footage of the parking lot during the accident, pictures of the property, and any witnesses to the accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Sometimes, a person may hesitate to pursue legal action after being involved in an accident. This is because they are unsure of what they want to do. However, if they wish to pursue legal action, they should not wait too long to file a claim. This is because the statute of limitations places a deadline by which they must file a claim. If they do not meet the deadline, they can lose their right to a lawsuit and compensation entirely. The statute of limitations for personal injury accidents in New Jersey 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.