Appeals Court Upholds $4 Million Slip-and-Fall Award
An appellate court upheld a $4 million award for a 59-year-old nursing instructor who suffered severe injuries after she slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk in February 2010. According to a report in the New Jersey Law Journal, the woman suffered injuries that required seven surgeries and a spinal fusion. The report said that she still suffers from pain and limited mobility and has been unable to return to work. The trial court awarded her $4 million in damages. The case was appealed and the court upheld the award.
The $4 million award covered the woman’s lost wages, since she has not returned to work since the accident, and her future medical expenses, which could reach $2 million. The court decided that the property owners were responsible for not removing the ice where she fell.
Slip-and-fall accidents often only result in sprains, strains and contusions, but they can also lead to severe injuries that affect the victim’s quality of life. If you have fallen on someone else’s property, get medical help to see if you’ve suffered a serious injury. If you are injured, call for an ambulance and report the incident to the property manager or building owner.
If your injury was the direct result of a dangerous condition like an icy sidewalk, crack in the walkway or slippery floor, take photos of that condition as well as a wide shot showing that there were no warning signs. Then, seek out medical treatment and research your legal options.
Victims of slip-and-fall accidents in New Jersey can pursue financial support for their current and future related medical bills as well as compensation for their pain and suffering, lost wages and other related damages. A New Jersey personal injury attorney can review your case and help you determine if financial support is available for your significant losses. For any additional information, contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. today.
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