Slip and Fall Accidents

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In New Jersey, slip and fall accidents are considered a type of personal injury and are governed by the state’s negligence laws. Suppose a person is injured due to a slip and fall on someone else’s property. In that case, they may recover damages from the property owner if it can be shown that the owner was negligent in maintaining the property. Factors that may be considered in determining negligence include the condition of the property, whether the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous situation, and whether the injured person was also negligent. It’s always best to consult a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in a slip and fall accident.

Slip and fall accidents can happen in many different settings, such as in retail stores, on sidewalks, in parking lots, and in other public places. In order to recover damages in a slip and fall case, the injured person must be able to prove that the property owner was negligent. This means that they must be able to show that the property owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused the accident and failed to take appropriate action to fix it or warn others about it.

For example, if a person slips and falls on a wet floor in a store, the store owner may be liable if it can be shown that the floor was not properly marked as wet or that the store owner should have known that the floor was wet and failed to take action to clean it up.

If a person is injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, they may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to note that in New Jersey, there is a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of the accident for personal injury claims, so it’s important to seek legal help as soon as possible to ensure that the right to claim is not forfeited.

Consulting with a personal injury attorney can be helpful in determining whether you have a valid claim and what steps you should take to pursue it. An attorney can also help you navigate the legal process and negotiate with the property owner’s insurance company to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents in new jersey

There are many different types of slip and fall accidents, but some of the most common include:

  • Wet floor accidents: These occur when a floor is wet or slippery due to liquid spills, mopping, rain, or snow.

  • Uneven surface accidents: These occur when a floor or sidewalk is uneven, creating a tripping hazard.

  • Poor lighting accidents: These occur when a property is not adequately lit, making it difficult to see hazards or obstacles.

  • Stairway accidents: These occur when stairways are not properly maintained, creating a slipping or tripping hazard.

  • Ice and snow accidents: These occur when sidewalks, parking lots, and other areas are not properly cleared of ice and snow, creating a slipping hazard.

  • Improperly secured rugs or mats: These happen when rugs or mats are not properly secured to the floor, creating a tripping hazard.

  • Cluttered or blocked walkways: These happen when walkways are blocked or cluttered with boxes, equipment, or other objects, creating a tripping hazard.

It’s important to note that these are some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents, but it’s not an exhaustive list. Slip and fall can happen in various settings, such as in a store, an office building, a parking lot, or a public park, among others.

 

most common locations for slip and fall accidents in new jersey

Slip and fall accidents can happen just about anywhere, but some locations are more common than others. In terms of domestic spaces, stairways tend to be among the most hazardous areas for slips and falls; stairs are typically found both inside and outside homes, which increases their potential for causing slips.

Shopping centers and supermarkets often have polished or wet floors that can easily lead to falls too. Other public places such as parks, cinemas, museums, leisure centers and streets can also potentially pose a hazard due to uncertain surfaces or walkways.

When it comes to workplaces, the chances of an accident arising from slips and trips tend to increase when people work in industries like hospitality or retail where they are constantly on their feet.

To avoid such incidents occurring in any of these locations awareness is key – being mindful of one’s environment will help you take necessary precautions if you spot any potential sources of danger.

Peter Michael New Jersey Slip and fall Accident Attorney

A slip and fall lawyer can help you by representing you in a legal claim or lawsuit against the party or parties who may be responsible for your injuries. They can help you gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case to prove that the property owner or another party was negligent, which led to your injuries. They can also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and help you seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. If a settlement cannot be reached, they can also take your case to court.

After a slip and fall accident, a lawyer may ask the injured person several questions, including:

  1. Can you describe the accident and what happened leading up to it?
  2. Were there any warning signs or hazards that you noticed before the accident occurred?
  3. Did you take any photos or videos of the scene of the accident?
  4. Did you receive any medical attention or treatment for your injuries?
  5. Have you missed work or lost wages as a result of the accident?
  6. Have you discussed the accident with anyone else, such as an insurance adjuster or the property owner?
  7. Do you have any witnesses who saw the accident happen?
  8. Have you kept any record of expenses related to the accident such as medical bills?
  9. Do you have any pre-existing conditions that may have been exacerbated by the accident?
  10. Have you suffered any long-term impacts or disabilities as a result of the accident?

These questions will help the lawyer understand the details of the accident and the extent of the injuries, and gather the necessary evidence to build a strong case.

 

What are the steps a slip and fall attorney takes in proving negligence?

A slip and fall attorney will establish negligence by proving that the property owner or another party had a duty to maintain safe conditions on their property and that they breached that duty, which led to the slip and fall accident. To do this, the attorney will gather evidence such as:

  1. Photos or videos of the scene of the accident, which can show the condition of the property and any hazards that were present.

  2. Witness statements from individuals who saw the accident happen, or who can testify about the condition of the property leading up to the accident.

  3. Medical records and expert testimony, to establish the extent of the injuries and how they were caused by the accident.

  4. Records of any previous incidents that occurred in the same location, which can demonstrate that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition.

  5. Inspection records and maintenance logs, which can show whether the property owner was regularly checking and maintaining the property.

  6. Building codes, safety standards and industry standards that the property owner should have followed, and evidence that they were not followed.

Once the attorney has established that the property owner had a duty to maintain safe conditions and that they breached that duty, they must also demonstrate that this breach caused the accident and resulting injuries.

By proving all these elements of negligence, the attorney will be able to hold the property owner liable for the slip and fall accident and seek compensation for the injured person’s damages.

 

Why Hire Peter Michael law for your new jersey slip and fall case

  • Our Firm understands the laws and regulations that apply to slip and fall accidents and can use this knowledge to build a strong case.

  • We have a network of experts and resources that can be used to gather evidence and strengthen your case.

  • Our Lawyers have strong negotiation skills, to help you reach a fair settlement with the insurance company or the property owner.

  • We Will take the time to understand your specific situation and provide personalized representation.

  • We Have a good reputation and positive feedback from past clients.

 

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