Slip and Fall Accident
The winter season is a hectic time for everyone. Whether you are running around doing last minute shopping, meeting friends for drinks, or attending parties, this is a time filled with fun and engaging activities. The last thing you want to have on your mind is worrying about personal safety.
Unfortunately, especially in New Jersey, this is a season of extreme weather. Whether it’s snow, ice, sleet, or wind, New Jersey has seen it all. Complicating the situation, businesses are often understaffed this time of year, while municipal workers will also be taking extra time off.
With the holidays right around the corner, New Jersey residents are preparing for the biggest shopping period of the year. Of course, our most popular shopping days are accompanied by some of our worst weather, including heavy snow, ice, and stiff winds. On the really awful days, window shopping can become a dangerous affair.
Every year, New Jersey residents suffer slip and fall accidents due to extreme weather situations. When snow or rain falls in winter months, it often turns to ice overnight and creates slippery conditions on public and private walkways.
Another problem is that the snow and sleet can get tracked into businesses where it melts, creating hazardous puddles that often go undetected until it’s too late. Unsuspecting customers who expect that they are safe once they make it indoors are susceptible to serious injury when a place of business doesn’t properly maintain their premises.
Winter is right around the corner, and with it comes the snow and ice that can make Princeton sidewalks and roadways hazardous for pedestrians and drivers. Unfortunately, every year, accidents caused by extreme weather occur, leading to injuries and, in the worst cases, fatalities. What many New Jersey residents don’t realize is that when it comes to slip and fall accidents in public or commercial spaces, the owner or tenant of the premises can be held responsible.
Most people would agree that as good citizens, we have a responsibility to make sure that the sidewalks in front of our property are safe for passersby. But more than just a moral obligation, property owners can be held legally liable for any accidents that occur because of their failure to properly maintain their property.
Retail Store Slip and Fall
When most Americans go shopping, sustaining a serious injury is the last thing on their mind. Unfortunately, negligent store owners who fail to ensure that the floor of their store is free of clutter and spills can easily transform a carefree day of shopping into a day at the hospital. Slips and falls in retail stores are far more common than most people think, and if you fall while shopping, you deserve to be compensated for your injury. If you or someone you care about was injured in this manner, the following information will be immensely helpful.
As opposed to many other forms of personal injuries, slip, trip, or falls don’t always lead to an immediate, noticeable injury. How many of us have suffered a minor accident, only to begin feeling the damage days later? In some instances, the physical symptoms associated with injuries takes some time to manifest – days, weeks, or even months. This means that some slip and fall cases aren’t recognized till well after they have occurred. By then the obvious question becomes – can I even take legal action at this point?
The good news is you still have a chance to file. Under New Jersey state law, victims of slip, trip, or fall injuries have two years, starting from the moment of the accident, in which to file a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations, and it impacts every part of our country’s legal system. Generally speaking, two years is more than enough time for individuals to bring their claims forward and begin the legal process. While slip, trip, and fall injuries may not be immediately apparent, two years is usually enough of a window in which injury symptoms will show. Read the rest »
Fortunately, this winter has not been one for the record books. As opposed to last year’s “Snow-zilla” and “Snowpocalypse,” 2016 has been relatively mild. This is obviously a welcome relief for anyone that has to get into their car, bus, train, or cab and commute to work. Despite the relatively mild winter the Northeast just had, we’re still experiencing a decent amount of slush and rain. This means those same commuters are going to end up piling into large parking decks and even larger arrival points – such as work place parking garages, mall parking lots, and train station depots. As a result, many of the slip, trip, and fall accidents that we encounter are connected to these often-slippery spots.
But what makes these parking lots and garages so slick? Obviously it depends on the situation, but here are some common reasons why parking decks end up more like ice rinks: Read the rest »
In our experience there are a number of different injuries that tend to follow such accidents. The following are just a few examples that a New Jersey slip, trip, or fall victim may encounter:
• Compound and Simple Fractures – While it does take a great deal of force to break a bone, at the right angle anyone can cause a smaller fracture. Slip, trip, and fall accidents tend to cause damage around sensitive spots like the wrists, ankles, and ribs.
• Abrasions and Lacerations – A serious fall almost always leaves some sort of bruising or cutting. Depending on the type of surface landed upon or the objects struck on the way down, a person can end up with serious skin damage. Read the rest »
We all know what black ice is – or at least we should. Black ice is a thin layer of nearly transparent frost that forms along the road when the temperature reaches the freezing point. Once the wind chill starts to drop, weathermen begin putting out the black ice warnings to motorists and big rig drivers. But, unfortunately, pedestrians don’t seem to get the warning they should. Black ice is just as dangerous for folks commuting by foot. All it takes is one brisk walk to the subway platform or parking lot, on that below freezing morning, and next thing you know – you’ve got a sprained ankle or wrist. Read the rest »
About one year ago police in Bound Brook, NJstopped two high school students from shoveling snow in their neighborhood. The reason? They needed a permit to offer such services around town. Amazingly enough, the police were not wrong in this situation. The kids legally could not operate without the proper municipal permits, which would cost them many times the amount they would have earned from actually doing the job. Of course this caused a serious uproar in the community, which eventually made it all the way up to the state legislature. This brings us up to the present, where Governor Chris Christie just signed a law removing the rather dubious restriction. Read the rest »
At one time or another, we’ve all had a sudden slip, trip, and fall. When someone loses their balance, they instinctively will do their best to regain equilibrium. This means throwing out our arms in an attempt to grab onto something, redistribute weight, or to brace for impact. The latter reaction – bracing for impact – can result in serious injuries to the arm and wrist.
The force of falling to the ground, even from a standing position, can rival that of a car accident. Our wrists generally absorb most of the impact and as a result, can suffer a wide variety of injuries. These can include: Read the rest »
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