Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, concussions, and other harm. If you’re injured in a slip and fall and you suspect someone else’s negligence caused the accident, you may decide to seek damages through an insurance claim, a lawsuit, or both.
Rules for Filing Slip and Fall Claims in New Jersey
New Jersey has several rules that apply to slip and fall cases. One of the first rules that may affect your case is the state’s “statute of limitations,” a law that puts a time limit on filing claims in the state’s courts.
Typically, a slip and fall claim must be brought within two years of the date of the injury — or it cannot be heard in court. Since certain factors can cause the two year “clock” to pause or delay its start, however, it’s important to talk to a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to understand exactly where this deadline falls in your own case.
Even if you file your claim before the statute of limitations expires, you’ll also need to be aware of other rules that can affect your slip & fall accident claim. For instance, if you pursue your claim, the other party might argue that you shouldn’t receive any compensation because you were wholly or partly at fault for your own injuries. Moreover, the other party might argue that the dangerous condition was obvious, that there were warnings in the form of signs or barriers, or that you simply weren’t paying attention to your surroundings.
This type of argument is called a “comparative negligence” argument. In New Jersey, you can still recover damages if you are found to be 50 percent at fault or less. However, the amount of total damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
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