Summit Slip And Fall Accident Lawyers

Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firms Protects The Rights Of Slip And Fall Accident Victims In Summit And Throughout New Jersey

Slip and fall accident victims have rights. And the personal injury legal team at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has dedicated more than 50 years to protecting those rights. 

Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari is recognized as one of New Jersey’s most successful personal injury law firms. Our accomplished accident attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and among the Best Lawyers in America, and our firm has secured more settlements and verdicts over one million dollars than any other law firm in New Jersey. 

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I Was Partly To Blame For My Summit Slip And Fall Accident. Am I Still Able To File A Personal Injury Claim To Recover Damages? 

Yes. If you are partly to blame for your slip and fall accident, you may still file a personal injury claim to recover damages. In these situations, the state of New Jersey follows what is known as “modified comparative fault rules”. These special rules allow that the compensation that an injured person may receive will be reduced if it is determined they are somewhat responsible for the accident. Specifically, the compensation will be reduced by a level that directly reflects their level of responsibility for the accident.  

New Jersey’s modified comparative fault rules can be best explained by providing a hypothetical example. If, for example, a slip and fall accident victim is 25 percent responsible for their accident, the compensation they would be entitled to receive will be reduced by 25 percent. So a damage award of $20,000 will be reduced by 25 percent — which is $5,000 — for a total compensation of $15,000. 

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If, however, it is determined that the accident victim bears more than 50 percent of the responsibility for the accident, then under New Jersey’s modified comparative fault rules they are unable to recover any compensation from the other party.

Important Deadline For Filing A New Jersey Slip And Fall Accident Claim

All states have legal deadlines for filing civil claims. These time limits, which are called “statutes of limitations”, vary from state to state and they depend upon the type of claim that is being filed. New Jersey’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the time of the accident. 

It is very important to pay attention to the statute of limitations as this is a firm legal deadline. If an accident claim — such as for a slip and fall  — is not filed within two years of the accident, the New Jersey court may refuse to hear the case. If this happens, then the injured party will have lost their opportunity to recover any damages from the at fault party. 

Summit Slip And Fall Accident Victims May Schedule A Free Case Evaluation With New Jersey’s Leading Personal Injury Attorneys

Some accident victims suffer in silence, unaware that they may hold accountable the person responsible for their accident. Other accident victims quickly accept whatever offer the insurance company throws their way, not realizing that they got less than what they deserve.

Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has been advocating for New Jersey accident victims for more than 50 years. Our firm is recognized as one of the most successful personal injury firms in New Jersey, securing more settlements and verdicts over one million dollars than any other law firm in the state. Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari’s legal team has been named Super Lawyers and among the Best Lawyers in America. Schedule your free consultation today.

Founded in Newark, New Jersey, in 1929, Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has offices in four convenient New Jersey locations including Chatham, Jersey City, North Bergen, and Sea Girt.   

About Summit, New Jersey

Summit, New Jersey is a city located in Union County and serves as home to more than 21,000 residents. The region that now comprises Summit passed from Indian to Colonial possession in 1664. In 1869, Summit was incorporated as Summit Township, and was then reincorporated as the city of Summit in 1899. 

The earliest settlers arrived in Summit around 1710, bringing with them a Puritan heritage from New England, the British Isles, and Long Island. The Summit area was bountiful with timber, which was readily used for building cabins. The region was also abundant in turkey, rabbits, and a valley for growing corn and wheat. The Passaic River nearby was plentiful and served to facilitate transportation and trade in the area.

Frequently Asked Questions About Summit Slip and Fall Accidents

How much does it cost to hire a Summit Slip and Fall Accident lawyer?

At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our personal injury attorneys offer a free case evaluation to accident victims, so you can get the answers you need to make the most informed decision in your slip and fall accident claim. We will review your case, discuss your options for recovering compensation, explain negligence, and answer your questions. 

What to do when a slip and fall accident happens to you in Summit?

Regardless of the severity of your injuries after your slip and fall, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. It is not only important to have proof your injuries, but also what caused them. Documenting your injuries and any pain and suffering you endured will help during the trial later on. Contact an experienced Summit slip and fall attorney to discuss if someone should be held reliable for your injuries and if negligence may have been involved.

What is the average slip and fall case worth?

In filing a personal injury claim for a slip and fall accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, the injured party can recover compensation for their injuries and other losses. These losses are known as “damages”, and they include a number of different expenses related to the injuries as well as other losses that are the result of the slip and fall accident. 

Specifically, accident victims may recover any of the following and more:

– Expenses for medical treatment
– Bills for doctor visits
– Cost of future anticipated medical treatments that are a result of the accident injuries
– Bills for hospital stays
– Bills for emergency room visits 
– Prescription medication costs
– Cost of surgical procedures
– Rehabilitation costs
– Cost of physical therapy
– Cost of medical diagnostic imaging testing including X-rays, CAT scans, and MRIs 
– Emotional pain and suffering
– Loss of wages
– Loss of life enjoyment 
– Loss of companionship
– Loss of earned vacation time
– Loss of earned sick time

The intended purpose of compensatory damages is to restore the injured party to the condition they were in prior to the accident. Compensatory damages are not designed to punish the at fault party.