How Can an Injury Attorney Help After a Fall on an Escalator in New Jersey?
When dealing with the physical injuries, emotional distress, and financial burdens that unfortunately often follow an escalator accident, the last thing an accident survivor wants to deal with are insurance companies and legal matters. However, when you have an experienced attorney on your side, overcoming these difficult and stressful times may go more smoothly and successfully. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we draw from many years of experience and thorough knowledge of New Jersey liability laws to help our clients hold negligent parties responsible. For a no-cost consultation and to find out how we may be able to bring you peace of mind and get you money for your losses, call (609) 240-0040 today.
Preparing for Your New Jersey Claim or Lawsuit
Whether you are recovering from injuries or seeking justice for the death of a loved one, it is of the utmost importance to preserve evidence associated with the escalator accident. Your lawyer can assist you with this process, which may involve consulting with safety experts as well as mechanical engineers. Witness testimony may also prove helpful in a claim or lawsuit, as is often the case in regards to medical records and medical professional testimony.
When Insurance Companies Contact You
No matter how understanding an insurance adjuster may seem, it is their bottom line they are more concerned with, not yours. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we can handle the insurance companies for you to ensure that you have the opportunity to receive full and just compensation. Far too often, insurance companies will offer accident survivors much lower settlement amounts than they may be entitled to. Insurance companies may also deny valid claims or unnecessarily delay or prolong the process as an attempt to discourage claimants.
Premises & Product Liability Issues in NJ
Escalator accidents can be complex due to potential involvement of premises liability and product liability issues. There are specific rules and regulations for the production, installment, inspection, and maintenance of escalators, and escalator parts. Therefore, multiple parties may be held legally responsible for any injuries or deaths that occur due to oversight or negligence relating to escalator hazards.
Proving Fault for Acts of Negligence
With the assistance of your attorney, you may be able to prove fault for your escalator accident. The following highlights some acts of negligence that may permit a person to file a claim or lawsuit relating to an injury or death.
Some common causes of escalator accidents include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Poor design
- Escalators stopping or speeding up suddenly
- Escalator malfunction
- Defective parts
- Improper service and/or maintenance
- Sharp or protruding objects
Compensation for Damages in New Jersey
The severity of injuries caused by escalator accidents are extensive. Due to the shocking nature of these incidents, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other types of emotional distress, may require an accident survivor to receive mental health care on top of medical treatment for physical injuries.
Because these types of accidents frequently involve significant injuries from falling from great heights or colliding with objects from violent impact, recovery time can last for months, years, if not indefinitely.
With these consequences in mind, a person may receive compensation for medical expenses; pain and suffering; trauma; lost wages and benefits; loss of consortium; and other damages from parties proven to be negligent.
Protecting Your Rights
To assist you on the road to recovery, the New Jersey slip and fall attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are prepared to evaluate your case and protect your rights. With our successful track record of obtaining compensation for accident survivors as well as family members of wrongful death victims, we are dedicated to holding negligent parties accountable. For more information on how you may be able to obtain money for your losses and damages, fill out a contact form or call our office right away.
Falls on Property
Moving on with your life after a falling accident on another's property due to negligence can seem impossible at times, but you will get through this. The emotional, physical, and financial consequences of a fall on public or private property all present many challenges. With the help of an experienced and empathetic lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., you can begin your journey to recovery in as stress-free of a manner as possible. Obtaining money from negligent parties is a team effort, but we pride ourselves in handling the insurance companies and the difficult aspects of our clients' cases so they can focus on healing. To learn more about your legal rights and options, we welcome you to call our law firm today for a no-cost consultation.
Do You Have a Valid Claim or Lawsuit?
Every fall accident is different and it may be helpful to consult with an attorney to make sure you have a valid case. In general, if a fall takes place because of a safety hazard, product defect, or another form of negligence, on public or private property and results in injury or death, it is likely there is a valid claim or lawsuit to pursue. In most instances, a fall on property could have been prevented if oversight had not created the unsafe or dangerous situation.
A fall can involve a trip and fall; slip and fall; and/or a fall from great heights.
Falls on Public Property
When a person is injured or killed as the result of a safety hazard or act of oversight on public property, whether inside of a building, on a sidewalk, in a stairwell, or in the parking lot, multiple parties may be held legally accountable. From employers to property owners, maintenance crew and product manufacturers may also be liable. Government entities may also be responsible for acts of negligence that cause fall accidents.
In these complex cases, it is important for plaintiffs filing a claim or lawsuit to understand that their lawyer can handle talking to the insurance companies so as to avoid settling for a lower settlement amount than may be attainable. Accident survivors can also work with their attorney to gather and document the appropriate evidence.
Falls on Private Property
Similar to falls on public property, falls on private property are often caused by the property owner's negligence. A landlord or a homeowner, for instance, may be held legally responsible for injury or death that occurs on their premises due to oversight.
Examples of oversight in these types of cases range from poor lighting to slippery floors, and unmarked steps to icy sidewalks.
If the survivor or family members of the wrongful death victim know the owners of the private property personally, this can complicate matters. However, it is important to remember that you have valid legal rights and an attorney can help guide you through the process.
Compensation for Fall Accidents
Unfortunately, fall accidents often result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, broken bones, torn ligaments, and more. While no amount of money can undo the physical pain, financial strains, and emotional trauma caused by a serious accident, it can help bring an individual and/or his or her family closure and relieve stress.
Through a claim or lawsuit, you may be able to obtain compensation for pain and suffering; loss of income or benefits; medical expenses; and other damages.
NJ Escalator Accident Lawyers - Standing Up for Our Clients' Rights
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our clients come first. We are honored to represent and counsel individuals who are facing some of the most challenging times of their lives. In our many years of experience, we have gained the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain successful case results. To find out how we may be able to assist you, fill out a contact form or call our office at (609) 240-0040 today.
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