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7 Steps to Take When Injured on Public Property in New Jersey

Injuries on public property can be disorienting and stressful. Whether you slipped on a poorly maintained sidewalk, tripped over uneven pavement, or were injured in a public park, knowing what steps to take immediately can significantly impact your ability to seek compensation. As New Jersey premises liability lawyers at Drazin & Warshaw, we want to ensure you are well-informed and prepared. Here are seven critical steps to take if you are injured on public property in New Jersey.

1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention

The first priority is making sure you’re safe. No matter how small your injuries appear, you should seek medical attention immediately. Seeking medical care promptly ensures that your injuries are documented, which is crucial for any future legal claims. Make sure to keep records of all medical visits, treatments, and expenses related to your injury.

2. Report the Incident

Notify the relevant public entity about your injury as soon as possible. If the injury occurred in a public park, contact the park administration. For injuries on city streets or sidewalks, report to the local municipality. This notification serves as an official record of the incident, which is crucial for any potential legal action.

3. Document the Scene

If you are physically able, document the scene of the accident thoroughly. Take photographs of the area where you were injured, focusing on any hazards or unsafe conditions that contributed to your injury. Capture images from multiple angles to provide a comprehensive view. Additionally, take notes about the circumstances of the accident, including the date, time, and weather conditions.

4. Gather Witness Information

If there were any witnesses to your accident, collect their contact information. Witnesses can provide valuable testimonies that support your account of the incident. Ask for their names, phone numbers, and email addresses, and take brief statements about what they saw.

5. Preserve Evidence

Keep any physical evidence related to your injury. This might include the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident, any objects that caused your fall, or personal items damaged during the incident. This evidence can be instrumental in proving your case.

6. Consult a Premises Liability Lawyer

Contact an experienced premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. Premises liability cases involving public property can be complex, often requiring navigation of specific legal procedures and deadlines. A knowledgeable attorney from Drazin & Warshaw can help you understand your rights, gather necessary evidence, and build a strong case to seek compensation for your personal injuries.

7. File a Notice of Claim

In New Jersey, if you are injured on public property, you must file a Notice of Claim with the appropriate government entity within 90 days of the incident. This step is crucial, as failing to file the notice within this timeframe can bar you from pursuing a claim. Your attorney can assist you in preparing and filing this notice, ensuring all required information is included.

Understanding Premises Liability on Public Property

Premises liability refers to the responsibility of property owners to maintain safe conditions for visitors. When it comes to public property, this responsibility falls on governmental entities, such as cities, counties, or state agencies. They are required to keep public areas safe and free from hazards that could cause harm. Common premises liability cases involving public property include:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Often due to wet floors, icy sidewalks, or uneven pavement.
  • Trip and Fall Accidents: Frequently caused by cracked sidewalks, potholes, or debris.
  • Falling Objects: Such as branches from poorly maintained trees or structures in disrepair.
  • Poor Lighting: Which can contribute to accidents in public spaces at night.

Why Choose Drazin & Warshaw

At Drazin & Warshaw, we have extensive experience handling premises liability cases in New Jersey. Our dedicated team understands the nuances of these cases and is committed to providing personalized legal representation to help you secure the compensation you deserve. We will guide you through every step of the legal process, from filing a Notice of Claim to negotiating with governmental entities or pursuing litigation if necessary.

If you or a loved one has been injured on public property in New Jersey, contact us today for a free consultation. Let us help you navigate the complexities of your case and work towards achieving the best possible outcome for your situation.

Contact Drazin & Warshaw Today For a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Premises Liability Case

Facing an injury on public property can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate this challenging time alone. Reach out to the experienced premises liability attorneys at Drazin & Warshaw for a free consultation. We are dedicated to helping you understand your rights, building a strong case on your behalf, and fighting for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to take the first step towards securing your future.

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