Jones Beach State Park is a great place to visit the beach, enjoy a picnic, or even see a show. Located in Wantagh, Jones Beach is an extremely popular destination for New Yorkers looking to get away from the city. But as with any crowded location, there is always a risk of injury for visitors.
If you were injured at Jones Beach, filing an injury claim can be difficult. Depending on who is at fault for your injury, you may have a very small window of time to bring a claim for damages. For help preserving your right to file a claim or lawsuit for injuries, speak to a Jones Beach accident and injury lawyer from Goldstein & Bashner today: 516-874-4362.
Common Accidents at Jones Beach State Park
New York law states that property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonable safe condition. This applies even when the state itself is the property owner, as is the case with Jones Beach.
If you are injured while visiting Jones Beach State Park as a result of an unsafe condition on the property, you are likely entitled to compensation, such as medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, pain and suffering, etc., for your injuries. The most common types of accidents that may occur are:
Whether you slip on a wet surface or trip over an uneven plank on the boardwalk, falls can result in serious injuries including cuts, broken bones, or head trauma. If your fall was the result of a dangerous condition at Jones Beach, you may be able to recover compensation for your injury. Dangerous conditions include:
- Slippery surfaces caused by spills, ice, or standing water
- Snow and ice accumulation on walkways
- Broken stairways and handrails
- Uneven and poorly maintained sidewalks, boardwalks, and picnic areas
- Debris like trash, large stones, or fallen trees in walkways
Dangerous or Poorly Maintained Equipment
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has a legal responsibility to maintain all the equipment and structures at Jones Beach State Park. This means that if you are injured as the result of broken or poorly maintained equipment at the park you will likely be entitled to recovery.
Examples of dangerous park equipment and structures include:
- Broken playground equipment
- Damaged boat docks or piers
- Dilapidated shelters or picnic areas
- Damaged sports areas (miniature golf, shuffleboard, or basketball)
Whether swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on the beach or the West Bathhouse Pool, accidents can happen including slip and falls near the pool, diving board accidents, electrocutions, and drownings or near-drownings.
Accidents at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
This outdoor amphitheater, used for concerts and shows of all sorts, sits right next to the water. Possible injuries could include slip or trip and falls on the stairs, assault or jostling from a rowdy crowd or audience, electrocution from improperly maintained equipment, or a head injury from thrown objects.
Who is liable for accidents at Jones Beach?
Depending on the cause of your injury, it is possible that one or more people may be liable for your injuries.
Possible parties at fault could include:
- The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
- Individual owners of property located at Jones Beach (such as concession stand owners at the Nikon)
- Other individuals visiting Jones Beach
Note: If you bring your claim against the wrong party or if you take too long to bring your claim, you may lose your right to recovery. Because of the challenges involved in determining all the parties at fault for an injury at Jones Beach, you should seek legal advice from an accident attorney in New York.
Goldstein & Bashner can help you identify the correct parties and take the appropriate actions to recover damages for your injury.
You Have a Limited Time to Sue if the State of New York is at Fault
When a government entity (in this case, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation) is responsible for your injury, you have a limited amount of time to file notice of your claim.
In New York, that time limit is 90 days from the time of your injury. If you fail to file a Notice of Claim within that time period, you will lose your chance to recover. Therefore, it is extremely important not to delay if you were injured at Jones Beach.
Once you file a Notice of Claim, the State has 30 days to respond. You may not file a lawsuit before these 30 days are up. It is important to note that you only have one year and 90 days to file a claim from the date of injury, not from the date that the State responds to your Notice.
The State of New York will likely have a large legal team with experience defending against injury suits. If you need help filing a Notice of Claim or lawsuit against the State of New York for an injury at Jones Beach, contact a concert and club accident lawyer.
Get Help Filing Your Claim
Trying to determine liability and proving negligence can be complicated. Do not try to handle it alone.
The attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner can assist you in following the necessary steps to bring a claim against the government. We can also help you establish liability and prove negligence against an individual.
With our help, you will not need to worry about whether or not you are following the correct procedures or whether you will overstep the time limits.
Do not lose your right to sue over a simple misstep or technicality. Preserve your right to recover damages for your injuries by calling the Long Island personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner.
Contact us today: 516-874-4362.