Though most of us do not consider the sidewalk as an inherently dangerous place to be, the truth is, this is simply not the case. If you have been involved in a sidewalk accident, you are most likely severely injured and are seeking financial compensation as a result. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the personal injury claims process going forward:
What can cause a sidewalk accident?
Several different factors and scenarios can cause sidewalk accidents, however, these types of accidents can almost always be attributed to negligence. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents can include loose debris, standing water, unattended hazards brought about by a storm, insufficient lighting, surface problems, and more.
Who is responsible for a sidewalk accident in New Jersey?
Very often, people assume that their city or municipality is responsible for the injuries sustained in a sidewalk accident. However, oftentimes, property owners are actually the ones responsible for keeping the adjacent sidewalk free of safety hazards for all passersby. You must hire an experienced attorney who is capable of determining the negligent party and proving that they are directly responsible for the injuries you have sustained as a result of their negligence.
To prove your personal injury claim, your attorney will work to recover pictures or footage of the accident, medical documents detailing the extent and origin of your injuries, police reports of the incident, witness statements supporting your claim, pictures of the safety hazard that caused the accident, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in the state of New Jersey?
The “statute of limitations” is the legal term used to describe the amount of time you have to take legal action against another individual. Since the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New Jersey is two years, you will have two years from the date of your accident to sue a negligent party. If you wait any longer than the legally-acceptable timeframe to sue another party, you will most likely be denied the compensation you truly need. Do not let this happen. We are ready to fight for the compensation you need to get back on your feet again. All you have to do is ask, and we will begin the claims process as soon as possible.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, it is only right that they receive the justice they deserve. As a victim, your only job is to call us, and we will take it from there. Please, do yourself a favor and do not wait. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and is seeking financial compensation, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today.