Icy Sidewalk Slip and Fall Lawyer in New Jersey
Whether you have slipped on an icy sidewalk, outdoor walkway, parking lot, stairs, or some other walking area, do not attribute the accident to chance alone – someone may be liable for your accident! Contact an experienced New Jersey slip-and-fall attorney to determine whether you can recover damages in an injury claim or lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more.
At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., we provide our clients with highly personalized legal services. Throughout your case, our team of dedicated professionals will work closely with you to ensure that your needs are being met and that your goals are being addressed. Your best interest is our top priority. To learn more about our firm and how we can help, call (609) 240-0040.
Icy Slip and Fall Accident Verdicts and Settlements
- $525,000 Settlement - Icy Slip and Fall at Condominium Complex
- $375,000 - Black Ice Slip and Fall in West Windsor Township
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Duty of Care in Ice-Related Fall Accidents
Outdoor slip-and-fall accidents during winter typically occur in parking lots or on sidewalks outside of homes and businesses. Virtually all property owners have a duty to exercise reasonable care when it comes to maintaining the premises and promptly removing snow and ice to decrease the risk of falls and injuries.
If a fall hazard on a property isn't cleared within a reasonable period, and an injury results, the property owner may be held liable for all resulting damages. Exceptions are made for cases in which the fall victim's reckless behavior contributed to the accident.
After falling on ice, it is important to document your injury as soon as it occurs; take photographs of the location of the fall and the ice that caused it; contact the police to file an accident report; and notify the owner or property manager of the location of the fall. Also be sure to take note of the names and addresses of anyone who witnessed the fall.
Whether they have to maintain and clean the premises themselves, or hire a company to do it for them, property owners must anticipate the dangers posed by snow and ice and maintain their property accordingly.
In New Jersey, it’s just as common for it to rain as it is to snow. And it is fairly easy to slip and fall on wet pavement or surfaces. While most of these falls will only result in minor bruises, they can also be more serious and may even lead to broken bones. This is especially true if the slip-and-fall took place on a floor made of hardwood, laminate, or concrete. When people comes inside from the rain, they are likely to drip onto the floor. It only takes a quarter of a cup of water to saturate a three-foot area. When many people come inside from the rain, such as when entering a business, this can quickly lead to an even wetter, and more dangerous, situation.
Slip-and-falls on black ice are just like slip-and-falls on any other kind of ice, except that black ice is much harder to see. Regardless of this fact, business owners, as well as owners of apartment buildings and other multi-dwelling homes that generate a profit from tenants, are also responsible for clearing black ice from pathways, sidewalks, and parking lots.
Injuries Related to Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Injuries that result after a slip-and-fall accident can range from minor to very serious. The most common slip-and-fall injuries are:
- Head injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the main cause of traumatic brain injuries in the United States. Symptoms can include ongoing seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment, and other brain-related damage that can leave a person debilitated.
- Fractured hips. The CDC says that of all the broken hips treated by hospitals, 95% of them happen during a slip-and-fall. Surgery is usually required, and the CDC states that these injuries are fatal for one in five people who experience them.
- Back and spinal cord injuries. After a fall, a person can suffer from fractured vertebrae or herniated discs. Along with severe pain and limited mobility, the person might also suffer from temporary or permanent paralysis, or neurological and sensory impairments.
- Shoulder injuries. Slip and falls can result in a shoulder being dislocated, or a brachial plexus injury, which is when the nerves in the spinal cord that connect the shoulder, arm, and hand are torn or stretched.
- Sprains and breaks. Slip and falls often result in a sprain or broken bone, usually in the extremities. When a person breaks his fall by putting his hand out, he often sprains his wrist.
It’s important to understand that children and the elderly are more vulnerable to these injuries. This is because a child’s bones, ligaments, and joints have not fully developed and are not as equipped to withstand the pressure placed on them by a slip-and-fall. On the other hand, the elderly are more vulnerable to injuries due to the fact that they do not have the bone density that they used to, and their bones and joints are typically weaker than those of an average adult.
Filing a Winter Slip and Fall Accident Claim Against the Government
If your winter slip-and-fall accident happened on government property (such as a county parking lot or city sidewalk), you will probably have to jump through some administrative hoops to recover damages from the responsible government entity - that is - if you're even able to sue. Since the window for claims against government entities is much smaller than for regular injury claims, you must file your claim as soon as possible. Consult with an experienced lawyer for assistance.
Excellent New Jersey Icy Sidewalk Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Since the year 2000, attorneys Gabriel Lependorf and David Silverstein have been committed to personal, social, and economic justice. We have successfully achieved optimal case outcomes in many slip-and-fall injury cases, and remain devoted to providing high quality representation.
To get in touch with one of our staff now, you may call our office at (609) 240-0040, submit an online contact form, or try our live chat option. There is no risk to seeking our guidance. Your initial consultation is free, plus we don't charge attorney fees until we recover on your behalf, guaranteed.
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