Posted On February 21, 2022 Personal Injury
When you think of injury you think of the harm that occurs somewhere other than your own home, but it may surprise you to learn that nearly 45 percent of unintentional injury deaths happen in or around the individual’s home. This is a scary and sobering thought. We all want our homes to be a safe place for our family, loved ones, and ourselves. Despite that, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that approximately 12,175 children from infants to 19-year-olds die each year from an unintentional injury.
If you’re involved in an accident in your own home, it’s difficult to bring a lawsuit. However, if you were to slip and fall or be injured in a home other than your own residence, you may be entitled to bring a claim. Call us to discuss how you can get compensated for your injuries.
Under New Jersey law, persons injured because of a dangerous condition on a property, or who have lost a family member in an accident caused by a defect on the premises, are entitled to seek full and fair compensation for their injuries and financial damages. Someone who is injured on someone else’s property and wishes to file a lawsuit must do so within two years of the incident. New Jersey law clearly states that claims involving injury to a person must be initiated within two years, or the case may be dismissed.
Stores, public places, and homeowners have a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure persons are protected from an unreasonable risk of harm while on their property. This means the owner has the obligation to inspect the house or the building and either repair or adequately warn the visitors of dangerous conditions on the property. If the property owner knows of a dangerous condition on the property but fails to do anything about it, the owner may be held liable for any injuries suffered by visitors due to that condition.
If you have been injured on private property in New Jersey, you may be entitled to compensation for the financial, physical, mental, and emotional costs of your injuries. In situations involving homes, it is likely that the property owner has homeowner’s insurance to cover the cost of such losses and they may even bear additional liability. With both commercial and residential properties, you may recover compensation for medical expenses, lost income, the cost of rehabilitation, any necessary future accommodations such as wheelchairs or ramps in your home or vehicle, and the mental and emotional trauma caused by the accident.
The best way to prevent accidents or injuries in the home is to make sure you have taken the necessary safety precautions. There are very simple fixes that you can take in others’ homes to be sure that you make your best attempt at preventing home injuries. Here are 10 ways you can make sure you are being safe in a neighboring home.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an at-home accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the accident lawyers at Console & Associates P.C. today by calling (866) 778-5500. Find out what your legal rights and options are. We have helped thousands of injured victims throughout New Jersey.