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Time is of the essence in premises liability cases

On Behalf of | May 10, 2023 | Premises Liability

You may have a premises liability claim if you were injured on someone else’s property due to unsafe or hazardous conditions. It could be a slip-and-fall accident at a restaurant or even falling merchandise in a store. 

While you may be entitled to compensation for your damages in such cases, taking swift action to protect your rights and interests is advisable. Here is why.

Fresh evidence is more convincing

Evidence is crucial to your premises liability claim. It may include witness statements, photos of the premises where you suffered your injuries, medical records and surveillance footage. 

Waiting too long before taking appropriate action could degrade such evidence and weaken your claim. For instance, memories fade and the people who witnessed your accident may relocate. In addition, physical evidence, such as the layout of the premises or surveillance footage, may be altered or destroyed over time.

The statute of limitations also matters

There are time limits for initiating legal proceedings if you have a premises liability claim. In New Jersey, you have two years after the accident to seek legal intervention and recover compensation. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations means you cannot take the matter to court if out-of-court settlement negotiations fail.

You will avoid unnecessary delays

From investigating your accident and gathering evidence to assessing your damages, premises liability cases can take considerable time to resolve. Acting promptly can help ensure that your case moves forward as efficiently as possible.

Get the compensation you deserve

Time is of the essence if you have a premises liability claim. However, it does not mean you should hurriedly settle your claim. Rushing to close your claim could result in a settlement offer that does not measure up to the harm and losses you suffered. 

Instead, take your time to understand how things work, the damages you can claim and what you can do to protect your interests. It can go a long way in helping you recover the compensation you deserve.