New Jersey Shopping Center and Mall Slip and Fall Lawyers
Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys Represent Clients Injured in Shopping Center and Mall Slip and Fall Accidents Across Essex County, Union County, and Throughout NJ
Did you know that, according to statistics, about 83% of Americans visit a shopping center at least once per week? Shopping centers and malls are one of the quickest places where we can run in and out to obtain the perfect last-minute gift we needed for a loved one, groceries, or a bite to eat when we are out and about with friends. Not even one person probably thinks about the dangers that a shopping center or mall could pose when it comes to slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, also according to research, thousands of victims will be injured in slip and fall accidents that take place in shopping centers and malls across various parts of New Jersey.
The truth is, when we think of shopping centers and malls, we tend to think about the fun that we have when we are out and about with friends and family and less on the dangerous aspects relating to these areas. The truth is, many malls will be rife with crowded spaces and slick floors from spilled drinks and people tracking in water and ice, which makes a dangerous situation for anybody who utilizes these spaces. Malls must be regularly maintained so that customers are kept safe from harm. If a property owner fails to take action and prevent these harmful scenarios and somebody is injured, they will have the right to bring a claim against a negligent party.
At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our premises liability accident attorneys understand that it can be extremely frustrating to experience a personal injury accident when you are out enjoying your time or trying to make quick in-and-out business at a shopping center. Suddenly, your life is turned upside-down because preventative care was not taken and a property owner failed to look out for your safety and all others who utilize the property. It is always expected that those who utilize a shopping center or mall will encounter safe conditions but, sadly, this is not always the case when business owners cut corners so that they can keep profits and push aside your concerns. If you are now suffering because you slipped and fell at a shopping center, it might be time to turn to the experienced help of an accident attorney who can protect your rights during this time.
Why Do These Accidents Occur and Who is Responsible?
Before you move forward with a claim, you should understand who is responsible for a shopping center or mall so that you can identify the negligent parties involved. You will find that many shopping centers are owned by large corporations who profit off of individual internal stores. The store owners themselves are responsible for keeping a clean and safe area for the customers who visit these stores on a daily basis. When it comes to parking lots, walkways, restrooms, and other outside areas, it is corporate responsibility to keep these places safe from harm.
Unfortunately, because it can sometimes be expensive for these companies to keep up with the best maintenance and repairs, sometimes corners are cut and accidents will occur. If you have been injured in one of these accidents and you believe that it took place due to the inaction of a store owner or large mall corporation, you might be able to file a claim for compensation.
In some cases, you might find that a shopkeeper or the property owner of a mall failed to provide the following:
- Safe stairways that do not have debris on them and are well-lit
- Escalators and elevators that are working to the best ability
- Safe parking lots free from potholes and uneven pavement that could easily contribute to a slip and fall
- Outdoor areas free from snowy and icy conditions
- Floors and surfaces that are not slippery
- Adequate warnings in areas where there are dangers present
Parties who have neglected to follow any of these standards could be facing liability in the event of an accident. This is also true for those who are aware of a dangerous condition and put a bandaid over the problem with the hopes that they will not have to pay for it if they slap down a sign warning others of the danger. If a danger has been brought to someone’s attention, it is up to the individual or coporation responsible to take care of the danger before it leads to a serious slip and fall event and greater harm to those involved.
If you believe that a property owner or shopkeeper has failed to meet these duties of care, they could be held liable if you have sustained a serious slip and fall accident. You might be facing severe and lasting injuries that come with consequences as you struggle to return to work or pay the medical bills that continue to pile up. You have options when it comes to your slip and fall claim.
When It’s Time to Speak with a New Jersey Shopping Center and Mall Slip and Fall Lawyer
You might find that there are many complexities evident in these cases, especially because shopping centers and malls are so huge and could be owned by a variety of different parties. You might be working against a large corporation, a variety of attorneys, or large insurance companies who do not have your best interest at heart, which is why it might be time to speak with an experienced attorney about your case. Our New Jersey slip and fall accident attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have the resources to help you through every aspect of your claim as you work toward the compensation you deserve during this desperate time. Please contact us today at (973) 315-5522 to find out what we can do for you.
FAQ: When is a store owner responsible instead of the property owner of the entire shopping center?
Typically, you will find that the owner of a shopping mall has the main responsibility to maintain all common areas of a mall. However, there are scenarios in which a shop owner is responsible for an accident. Perhaps the store owner had control over that specific property and they failed to clean up a spill even though they were told about it by another customer. Maybe it put up a display of its merchandise in a dangerous part of the store where customers come around a corner and bump into it. Any of these scenarios can quickly become a hazard and a store owner could then be held liable.
FAQ: What happens if I don’t find out about my injuries until days after the accident and the condition has been remedied?
Days have passed since your accident and just now you have started to receive serious symptoms relating to your accident. Luckily, there is still hope in your case. Even though time has passed and the slippery or damaged floor might have been remedied, you can typically see the incident on surveillance cameras in a mall or through interviews of mall employees and witnesses who might have seen the accident take place. These types of documentation can lead to a successful claim even when you never expected that you actually sustained injuries in your accident.