Slip and fall accidents cause over eight million trips to emergency rooms each year in the United States. These accidents can result in extensive medical bills, significant loss of wages and may affect the injured person’s daily activity and normal functioning.
Property owners, managers, and companies hired to maintain a property all have various responsibilities to keep a property reasonably safe for all visitors, patrons, etc. This is what’s known as "duty of care." Duty of care requires the parties be cognizant of and timely remedy hazards that may precipitate accidents causing injuries. Those hazards include but are not limited to: ice and snow accumulation, poor lighting, wet floors, broken sidewalks, etc.
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include the following:
Slip and fall accidents may result in injuries including: sprains and strains, broken bones, torn ligaments and tendons (sometimes requiring surgical intervention), spinal injuries (such as herniated or bulging discs), shoulder injuries (such as rotator cuff tears) and head injuries (which, if severe enough, may cause traumatic brain injury with resulting neurologic and other issues). If the trauma is severe enough, it might even result in death.
Parties responsible for a location’s maintenance and upkeep can be held liable for slip and fall injuries. These include: property owners, property managers, maintenance companies, tenants, custodians and State and/or Local governments and municipalities.
To have a successful slip and fall lawsuit, your New Jersey premises liability attorney will need to prove that the responsible parties were either: Careless, negligent or otherwise not reasonably responsible in how they maintained or failed to maintain and monitor the property in question; and/or could or should have known of the existing hazards which caused your slip and fall, but failed to remedy, warn or protect against them in a timely fashion.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Your losses and damages may include:
To find out more about your legal rights and options, you’ll want to speak to a personal injury attorney.
The law firm of Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has been representing New Jersey accident victims for over 80 years, and are available to assess your potential claim. We are experienced in handling New Jersey slip and fall accident claims and have helped thousands of clients secure settlements commensurate with their injuries.
Call (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost evaluation of your potential claim.
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