Jersey City Slip And Fall Lawyers NJ

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a slip-and-fall accident in New Jersey, you need an experienced slip-and-fall attorney to help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.

A Jersey City Slip And Fall Accident And Premises Liability

Premises liability is an area of law that covers the negligence of property owners and their responsibility for injuries and losses incurred by visitors to their properties. A “slip and fall” is a type of case that falls under premises liability. To prove a property owner is responsible for a slip-and-fall injury in New Jersey, you must show that a dangerous situation existed and that the property owner failed to correct it in a reasonable and timely manner or properly warn visitors about their risks.

Because New Jersey solicits a high volume of visitors, both private and public property owners are held to a high standard of responsibility. This includes a specific obligation to remove potentially hazardous snow and ice according to the state’s “natural accumulation” legal requirements. Failure to do so can result in responsibility for any sustained injuries.

Common Causes Of Slips And Falls

You should expect to be able to walk on a property safely. When owners of private or public property have neglected to address safety concerns they should be aware of, they leave open the possibility of a preventable injury. The following are the most common ways property owners needlessly increase the risk of an accident on their properties:

  • Failure to remove snow or ice from sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, and stairs within the time allotted by local ordinance
  • Failure to clean-up spills on department or grocery store floors in a timely manner
  • Leaving interior floors dangerously slick after mopping, waxing, or from melted snow and ice puddling inside of a doorway
  • Neglecting to repair uneven surfaces such as broken or seriously cracked sidewalks and pavement as well as loose or damaged carpet, flooring, or mats
  • Neglecting to maintain stairs by repairing or replacing broken steps or railings
  • Neglecting to install railings on stairs and stairwells
  • Installing inadequate lighting over walkways and in corridors, stairwells, and parking garages
  • Creating tripping hazards by leaving obstructions or debris on floors, sidewalks, or walkways
  • Neglecting to fill open holes in parking lots or landscapes
  • Inadequately warning about hazards including the use of inappropriately placed signs or cones

Although any person should be expected to avoid a safety hazard when they notice one, it is ultimately the responsibility of the property owner to remove hazards and maintain safe walking conditions on their properties.

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Common Types Of Slip-And-Fall Injuries

A fall on a hard surface can cause any number of debilitating injuries. Common injuries from slips and falls include the following:

  • Lacerations requiring stitches
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Spinal injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Wrongful death

These types of injuries can cause financial hardships due to medical bills and lost wages as well as take an emotional toll with pain and suffering, especially with the loss of a loved one in a wrongful death.

A Slip And Fall At Work

A work-related slip and fall would be covered under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault. Nonetheless, if there is evidence of negligence by your employer or a third party and a serious injury or wrongful death resulted from that negligence, you should contact an attorney to ensure that your compensation is full and fair.

What To Do If You Are Injured In A Slip And Fall

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident, take the following steps to ensure that you are properly prepared to prove your case:

  1. See medical attention immediately
  2. Inspect the scene to check for ineffectual placement of warning signs or evidence of neglect
  3. Take photographs of the scene and your injuries
  4. Identify witnesses
  5. Fill out an official accident report
  6. Write everything down and keep copies of all of your records
  7. Preserve any evidence including the unwashed clothes and shoes you were wearing when you were injured
  8. Do not give any statements to the property owner’s insurance company
  9. Do not make any public statements on social media or to the press about your accident or injuries
  10. Contact an experienced slip-and-fall attorney without delay

What An Experienced Slip-and-Fall Lawyer Can Do For You

Fortunately, you do not have to navigate the legal process alone. An experienced slip-and-fall lawyer will be there every step of the way. This is what you can expect we will do for you:

  • Gather evidence from the scene, including taking photos, reviewing surveillance camera footage, and checking maintenance reports
  • Interview witnesses
  • Review your medical records and consult with experts concerning the type and extent of your injuries
  • Consult with knowledgeable accident reconstruction experts to determine the cause of your slip-and-fall accident
  • Review the accident report
  • Prepare your claim and negotiate with the property owner’s insurance company on your behalf
  • File a lawsuit in the appropriate New Jersey court if necessary
  • Seek fair compensation for your settlement
  • Take your case to court if necessary

An experienced slip-and-fall attorney can help you receive the full amount of compensation you need to recover from your injuries rather than accepting the minimum offer you would expect from the property owner’s insurance company. If you need to file a slip-and-fall lawsuit in New Jersey, you want an attorney well-versed in New Jersey laws that protect you from negligence.

Time Limits To Make Your Claim

It is important to understand that specific time limits restrict when you can make a claim depending on the status of the property where your injury occurred. For example, if you are injured on public property, you have 90 days to file a tort claim notice with the government agency or entity responsible for the property. For most other types of properties, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. Be sure to consult with an experienced slip-and-fall attorney to make sure you are filing your claim on time with the appropriate entity.

Compensation You Can Expect For Your Slip-and-Fall Injuries

You should expect full and fair compensation for any of the following that applies to your situation:

  • Lost income including a future diminished earning capacity
  • Past, ongoing, and future medical expenses that result from the slip-and-fall accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • A permanent injury that interferes with your daily activities
  • Scarring, disfigurement, and loss of limb
  • Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one)
  • Punitive damages (when appropriate)

Contact An Experienced Slip-and-Fall Attorney Today

Contact Beralo & Michael Law Firm in Jersey City today for a free, no-obligation consultation to find out what we can do for you to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your slip-and-fall injury.