If a property owner fails to keep the premises safe, serious accidents can occur. This is especially true when it comes to stairways. Stairs can be dangerous as is, but if they are not maintained at all times, life-altering injuries may occur. Read on to learn more about stairway accidents in New Jersey
Common Causes of Stairway Accidents
Stairway accidents can be caused by:
- Uneven spacing between steps
- Insufficiently lit stairwells
- Damaged stairs
- Defective or broken railings
- Lack of security
If you are injured due to any of the above forms of negligence, there is a good chance you will be entitled to recover compensation.
Recovering Compensation For a Stairway Accident
In order to recover compensation after an accident, there are a number of important steps to take.
First, you must be able to fulfill the burden of proof. This means that you will have to be able to prove that the property owner was aware of the hazard that caused your accident and did not fix it, or that he or she should have reasonably been aware of the hazard. In order to provide proof of negligence, you should take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. You should also make sure to seek medical attention, as this can provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Be sure to reach out to an experienced attorney who can help gather further proof of negligence.
The second step is filing your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact a personal injury as soon as possible to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you have been injured in a New Jersey stairway accident, our firm is here to help. Reach out to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney today.
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