The cold weather is here to stay for several more months. Snow and ice can accumulate on driveways, sidewalks and parking lots and it’s helpful to know what options are available if a slip and fall happens in these conditions.
Businesses must take reasonable measures to remove snow and ice from their property to keep people safe. This might include shoveling at regular times throughout the day or spreading salt to provide traction.
While it is helpful for people to watch their surroundings and wear proper footwear, businesses still cannot neglect this responsibility. If they do, victims may be able to file an action for the slip and fall under New Jersey law.
New Jersey has a modified comparative negligence rule which means that even if the victim is partially at fault, he or she may still receive compensation from the property owner.
Compensation for injuries
Slips and falls can lead to significant harm including fractures and broken bones, bruises and even traumatic injuries that can cause long-term effects. If a person suffers a slip and fall, it’s important to seek medical attention if necessary.
Victims may need compensation to help pay for medical bills and therapy, to replace lost wages and for pain and suffering.
If a person wants to file a claim for a slip and fall, it is important that it is filed timely. New Jersey’s statute of limitations requires that claims are filed within two years of when the incident occurred.
There are several elements that must be proven to successfully bring a slip and fall action. An experienced attorney can review the circumstances of the slip and fall and help victims understand their options.