New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Compensation for Slip, Trip, and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are associated with minor bumps and bruises and even bad comedy acts, but the reality is that slip and fall accidents have the potential to cause SERIOUS DAMAGES. You know this because you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall accident, and now you're facing ENORMOUS medical bills and other difficulties. Even worse, the accident could've been entirely prevented if it wasn't for another party's negligence. One question lingers in your mind: Why should I have to pay for someone else's mistake?
The answer is: You shouldn't.
Exercise your right to pursue compensation for your damages with help from the experienced New Jersey personal injury legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Our firm has focused on personal injury law for more than 20 YEARS. Let us put our experience into action to achieve an optimal outcome for your case. Your case may be worth MILLIONS of dollars. Take the first step towards a better future and call us today at (609) 240-0040 to receive a comprehensive case evaluation, free of charge.
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Protect Your Best Interests
After most slip and falls, insurance companies will get involved because it is their job. However, at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we will handle all communication with every party involved in your case for you. Generally, you should never have to speak to any other lawyer for another party, an insurance provider, or the property owners.
Whether your accident happened while on the job, on a sidewalk, or on another's property, you may benefit from seeking legal guidance and representation from a law firm with experience handling such cases.
Building a Strong New Jersey Slip and Fall Case
Evidence and medical records can play important roles in a slip and fall case. An attorney will work meticulously to help you gather witness testimony, evidence from the scene, and medical documents to highlight the severity of your injuries.
While every individual's circumstances vary, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages; pain and suffering; loss of consortium; medical expenses; and other damages.
An experienced NJ slip and fall lawyer can help you understand the scope of compensation to which you may be entitled rather than settling for a lower amount offered by insurance companies.
Understanding NJ Premises Liability
Premises liability laws in New Jersey make property owners responsible for the proper maintenance, security, and construction of a piece of land, building, and/or residence or place of business.
These responsibilities extend to the piece of property itself, as well as its sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas, to ensure that they are safe and contain warning of possible hazards. If lighting is poor, stairs are broken, floors are left wet, or snow or ice isn't cleared from a sidewalk, an unsuspecting passerby's life can be put in harm's way.
A property owner may be held legally accountable for economic and non-economic damages if a person is injured or killed as a result of the failure to uphold these duties.
Steps to Take after a Slip-and-Fall Accident
If you are unable to move after your fall, you may have been seriously injured. Do not try to move. Wait for emergency personnel to arrive. File a report with the property owner or manager and obtain a copy of the report. If possible, take photographs of the dangerous condition that caused your fall. Obtain contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the incident. It is also crucial that you get prompt medical attention, which will give you the best chance at a speedy and complete recovery. Make sure that you document all of your losses including all medical bills, hospital visits and number of workdays missed.
Do You Have a Valid New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Injury claims and lawsuits involving slip and trips are highly complex and involve numerous factors beyond what can be covered here. However, most commonly, in order for a NJ premises liability claim or lawsuit to be successful, with the assistance of your legal team, you may need to prove the following:
- you took reasonable care to avoid being injured but were injured anyway;
- the injury took place on the defendant's property;
- the defendant knew or should have known about the hazard; and
- the defendant did not fix the hazard within a reasonable amount of time.
Injuries Specific to Slip-and-Falls
A number of slip-and-fall incidents result in contusions, minor abrasions and perhaps some degree of embarrassment for the victim. However, slip-and-falls are no laughing matter. They can result in injuries that require immediate medical attention. The most common serious injuries that can result from a slip-and-fall accident include:
- Sprains and strains: A sprain is when a ligament is stretched or torn and a strain is when a muscle or tendon is injured. These types of painful and debilitating injuries can occur, for example, if the victim twists an ankle while slipping or lands on his or her wrist during the fall. These types of injuries often require expensive physical therapy treatment that may not always be covered by health insurance.
- Bone fractures: The sudden and powerful impact of striking the ground during a fall can result in bone fractures. The elderly are particularly in danger of suffering bone fractures in a slip-and-fall, but anyone can sustain a fracture when they fall on a hard surface such as tile, hardwood or concrete. Victims of multiple bone fractures in their arms and legs may never fully regain strength and mobility even after receiving physical therapy or other treatment.
- Traumatic brain injuries: Anyone who loses consciousness or who feels confused or nauseous after a slip-and-fall accident should seek immediate medical attention. Traumatic brain injuries, commonly known as TBIs, can cause irreversible brain damage that could impair the victim’s physical and mental abilities.
- Spinal cord trauma: Victims who twist their back or who fall awkwardly may sustain damage to their vertebrae and spinal cord. An injury to the spinal cord could potentially result in paralysis and render the victim immobile permanently.
There are a number of reasons why a public or private property may be hazardous for visitors. Cracks in the sidewalk, poorly lit parking lots, broken steps, uneven pavement, torn or bunched-up carpeting and wet floors are all common examples of hazards that can lead to a slip-trip-and-fall accident. Whenever these types of hazards exist, it is the responsibility of a property owner or manager to either fix the problem right away or to at least place warning signs around the dangerous area to caution visitors or guests. Failing to make repairs, to clean clutter and to clean up spills is a form of negligence that can lead to liability issues for the property owner.
Causes of Slip and Falls
Some of the most common and preventable hazards that cause slip and falls are listed below:
- Missing or flimsy rails on a stairwell
- Unmarked steps or ramps
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven or broken stairs
- Icy or snowy sidewalks or parking lots
- Uneven, weak, or cracked floors
- Loose or uncovered cables
- Inadequate lighting
- Overcrowded walkways
- Potholes or unmarked bumps in a parking lot
What about Trip and Falls?
Trip and fall accidents are just as dangerous and serious as slip and fall accidents. If a person suffers injury or death from a trip and fall, legal action may still be taken if property owner negligence is to blame. Many trip and falls are caused by the same acts of oversight that lead to fall accidents at places of businesses, residences, rental homes, and while on the job, among other circumstances.
Years of Experience Working for You
As a Princeton legal team serving New Jersey for decades, Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has what it takes to keep clients informed and protected. We work diplomatically and passionately to build effective cases for our clients so they can move on with their lives and put their accident behind them. With our years of experience and extensive knowledge, we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the harm they have caused our clients and our clients' families. Fill out a contact form or call us for a no-cost consultation.
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