Can I File a Lawsuit for a Poor Lighting Accident in New Jersey?

If you were severely injured as a result of a poor lighting accident, you may have a valid premises liability claim. A property owner has a duty to ensure that their premises are safe for their guests and visitors. If the property is not reasonably lit and someone is hurt as a result, the property owner can be held liable. Contact our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case and your options.

Where do poor lighting accidents happen in New Jersey?

If you are visiting or are a guest of a public establishment, you might feel confident that the premises are safe. Although, if the lighting is inadequate, the property is not safe and serious injuries can result. If dim lighting is part of an institution’s ambiance, the owner or manager must still make reasonable arrangements to make sure there are safety precautions taken. The most common places that poor lighting accidents can occur include:

  • Public restroom injuries
  • Restaurant trips and falls
  • Movie theater accidents
  • Retail store falls
  • Public transportation matters
  • Inadequately lit government buildings
  • Other poor lighting cases
  • Grocery stores
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Poorly lit bars

Can I recover damages for a premises liability accident?

If you were injured due to poor lighting, you may have a viable premises liability claim. With poor lighting, you may not be able to see changes in the pavement, obstacles, or even staircases. The injuries can be severe and cause life-long physical, emotional, and financial damage.

If you are found in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation. The type of compensation and the amount depend heavily on what losses you have faced and what burdens you are now left with. Courts will typically award the following compensation for a premises liability claim:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages and lost future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death benefits
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

How long do I have to file a premises liability claim in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years for all personal injury claims. This means that if you did not file your poor lighting accident claim within two years from the date of your injury, you will likely lose the chance to file your claim at all and recover the damages you deserve. Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to ensure you are promptly filing your claim.


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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