Hamilton Township Slip-and-Fall Attorneys
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Did You Fall on Someone Else’s Property in Mercer County?
Slip-and-fall accidents are often overlooked, because people think the injuries victims suffer would be minor. But the truth is, slip-and-falls hold the potential to cause serious or life-threatening harm. If a Hamilton Township property owner or business didn’t make sure its premises was safe for patrons, it can be held responsible for the victim’s medical bills after a fall.
If you are facing this situation, call Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., today at (609) 240-0040 and learn how our 25 years of experience will help you to get the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Every slip-and-fall should be taken seriously, and you should seek medical attention right away to be certain there are no masked injuries. In addition, this documentation can be important if you later decide to sue the responsible party. Here are the common causes of falls in Hamilton:
- Wet surfaces. Some locations are expected to be slippery, such as just inside a building entryway on a rainy day or the deck near a swimming pool. But there are other areas we don’t expect to be wet. An indoor hallway where a pipe is leaking, or a floor with liquid spilled on it, can easily cause a slip-and-fall. Property owners need to be diligent in correcting issues in areas that can become wet due to foot traffic or other moisture. If they fail to do so, then a slip-and-fall victim has the right to compensation for his or her injuries.
- Staircases. Due to gravity, as well as the sharp edges of the steps, staircases can cause some serious injuries. Stairs with loose boards, torn or loose carpet, or a lack of traction can be especially dangerous. Poor lighting, damaged or missing handrails, and obstacles left on the stairs can also add to the potential for a serious fall. Both property owners and tenants are responsible for maintaining stairways in a safe manner.
- Ice and snow. Property owners must provide pedestrians with reasonably safe outdoor walkways and steps. They may need to remove snow or treat the area with salt or other de-icing chemicals. If a pedestrian slips and falls due to ice and snow, the property owner may be held responsible for the victim's injuries.
- Damaged or uneven sidewalks, cracked concrete floors, torn carpets, or uneven wood floors. In most cases, the property owner would be held responsible for the victim's injuries. If the fall occurred on a public sidewalk, the Township might be responsible.
Even in clear weather, property owners are expected to maintain safe and functional walking surfaces for their lawful guests.
Injuries from Slip-and-Fall Accidents
While some injuries that result from a slip-and-fall are minor, such as scrapes, bruises, and cuts, there are far more serious injuries. Some of these injuries include:
- Soft tissue sprains and strains
- Fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
All of these injuries will require immediate medical attention and can cause long-term complications. The treatment for these injuries can quickly become expensive, and as the victim, you should not be responsible for paying these bills if someone else was at fault for your fall.
Call an Experienced Hamilton Township Lawyer
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we offer victims of New Jersey slip-and-fall accidents the benefit of our 25 years of experience. We understand that your health is only part of your concern when bills begin to pile up due to your injuries and inability to work. Call (609) 240-0040 today to schedule a free consultation with a Hamilton Township personal injury lawyer. We can explain your rights as a victim in clear and simple terms. Our job is to reduce your stress while you heal and to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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