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What Happens When You Fall in a Public Place?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 31, 2018

Many of us probably think the answer to that question is…nothing? If you slip and fall, you write it off as a bad day and move on. The truth is, however, that (1) people can be seriously injured from slip and falls, and (2) public entities have a responsibility to maintain their property to prevent such accidents. Slip and falls can occur at universities, schools, public transit stations, and other locations. When they do, someone else may owe you for your broken wrist… Read the rest »

Snow Safety: Surviving the New Jersey Winter

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 16, 2018

Wintertime in New Jersey is a flurry of activity. You may be busy shopping for the holidays, getting out and enjoying the season with friends, or driving long distances to see family. All of these activities are made a little more beautiful, but also a little more difficult, by a heavy snowfall. Read the rest »

What Are the Laws Regarding a Slip-and-Fall on an Icy Sidewalk?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 8, 2017

It won’t be long before the sidewalks of New Jersey are covered in the ice and snow that winter brings. Walking on these sidewalks can be treacherous, and it makes sense that if you slip and fall from the ice and snow, the person or company responsible for maintaining it would be held accountable. But in New Jersey, that’s not always the case. It largely depends on the type of property, and the town that the property is located in. Read the rest »

Watch Your Step While Shopping This Winter

By Lependorf & Silverstein on January 9, 2017

slip-and-fall5The 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.

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When Window Shopping Turns Into A Slip and Fall Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 22, 2016

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.

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Why Should Shop Owners Salt Their Sidewalks?

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 15, 2016

snow-sidewalk2Winter 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.

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Slip and Fall Accidents in New Jersey Retail Stores

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 28, 2016

slip-and-fallRetail 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.

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Timing Is Everything – When to File Your New Jersey Slip And Fall Claim

By Lependorf & Silverstein on May 2, 2016

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 »

The Parking Garage – A Common New Jersey Slip, Trip, and Fall Location

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 8, 2016

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 »

Common New Jersey Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 4, 2016

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 »

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