NJ Slip and Fall Lawyers
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Our slip and fall lawyers are here to help you if you’ve suffered an injury. Slip and fall injuries are a very common event with many claims made each year. Many victims experience serious, life-altering damages. Dark stairwells, slippery floors, and construction site defects can often end with disastrous results. Ask our New Jersey slip and fall attorneys to determine if you are owed compensation for the negligence of a homeowner or business owner.
Our slip and fall attorneys will help you understand the law. There are many factors to consider, such as previous complaints about a current hazard, determining negligence of a business or property owner, and determining negligence, if any, of the individual injured. These are just a few of the factors that a personal injury firm will analyze when investigating your case.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases Our Lawyers Handle
There are various types of slip and fall accidents, including wet surface, falls, stairway accidents, falls from a patio or balcony, parking ramp trips, sidewalk falls- just to name some.
A property owner has a responsibility to keep their property in a safe condition for those who venture onto the property. If determined that a property owner was careless and knew, or should have known, about the hazardous or defective conditions that caused the slip and fall, you can be compensated for your injuries or other damages. Every slip and fall accident is different, so, it is to your benefit to hire our expert NJ slip and fall lawyers.
Ice and Snow Slip and Fall Cases
Property owners must make sure their home or business are maintained and that all snow and ice is eliminated to avoid safety hazards.
Property owners are allotted a fair amount of time to remove the snow and ice. For instance, if you slip on an icy sidewalk during a snowstorm, the property owner will most likely not be held responsible since the fall occurred during the snowstorm.
If hazardous conditions on the property cause an abnormal buildup of ice or snow, the property owner may be liable for your slip and fall accident. For example:
- If ice collected on the roof, melts and drips off because of a clogged drain, then refreezes on the ground
- If the parking lot causes melting ice to form puddles and then refreezes into ice patches.
Also, if a property owner provides snow or ice removal, they must stay on top of it and provide regular maintenance.
Slip and Fall Cases on Stairs
Our slip and fall injury lawyers have had many accident cases, which have occurred as a consequence of faulty or defective stairs. Property owners must be certain all steps have level rise and depth, with distinct edges. Additionally, stairs need be kept free of trash or other obstacles, which may cause an injury,
A property owner is similarly responsible for making sure all stairwells are fully lit, with secure handrails on both sides.
We all have a responsibility to be cautious and watch where we are going, however, a property owner needs to show reasonable diligence.
Every personal injury case is different, however, our NJ slip and fall lawyers have discovered that victims hurt in a slip and fall cases often experience the same kinds of injuries.
- Head injuries.
- Hip fractures.
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprains and fractures
Gathering Evidence for Your New Jersey Slip and Fall Attorney
When reasonable, we suggest the following:
- Photos. Get photographs of the where your accident occurred, your clothing and footwear and any bruising, wounds, scrapes, stitches or casts to document your pain.
- Witnesses. If someone sees your fall, try to get their name and contact information.
- Accident Report. If you sustain injuries in a store, whether a department store or supermarket, make sure you file an accident report. Ask for the manager, and they will then document your account of the accident. Unless you are incapacitated, make sure you get a copy of the accident report.
- Evidence. We advise you save the item that caused your fall. For example, if you slipped on a fruit or a vegetable, place the object in a plastic bag and freeze it. You may also want to secure the shoes you were wearing at the time of the fall. These can be stored in a plastic bag and taped shut to save any material stuck in your footwear.
If you are unable to take pictures or obtain any records, our slip and fall injury lawyers will gather as much information as possible. However, keep in mind, securing information hours, days, weeks or even months after an accident scene has been cleaned or your injuries have healed is much more difficult. Although your medical records will document your injuries, photos and statements will prove valuable before a jury.
Who is Liable for Your Slip and Fall Case?
For a property owner to be held legally liable, or responsible, for your injuries, one of the following must be true:
The owner or employee of the business must have caused a spill or other dangerous condition.
The owner of the premises (or an employee) must have known of the dangerous condition and failed to correct it properly.
The owner of the premises (or an employee) “should have known” a dangerous condition was present.
Our NJ slip and fall lawyers know that proving negligence can be tough for slip and fall accidents, but we also know we have the experience and resources to help you during this challenging time.