Monmouth County NJ Slip-And-Fall Attorneys
Perhaps the floor was slippery, the walkway or parking lot was covered with ice, the floor or stairway was uneven, or insufficient lighting made it impossible for you to navigate the terrain–is it your fault? Perhaps not. If you have sustained injuries because of a slip and fall or trip and fall on someone else’s property or on a public street or sidewalk, it is very possible that someone else’s mistake or neglect created the condition that caused your injury. Slip and falls occur with astounding frequency, injuring victims young and old, on commercial and residential properties alike. When these accidents do occur, what began as an average day can quickly become a nightmare. Medical bills, inability to work, a long period of recovery, not to mention your pain and suffering. You should not be left to bear the burden of these difficulties alone.
Fortunately, when slip and falls do occur, New Jersey law allows for monetary awards for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, impairment, and loss of enjoyment of life. Those responsible for failing to ensure your safety on their premises can be held liable for damages through a premises liability lawsuit. However, fighting these battles requires knowledge, experience, and skill. An investigation must be launched as soon as possible to document the existence and extent of the dangerous condition, insurance companies must be handled, and a compelling case must be mounted to demonstrate negligence. At Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh, our personal injury team protects and aggressively advocates for your interests to obtain the compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys are dedicated to standing by your side and standing up for your rights while you to take the time you need to recover. Contact our Monmouth County offices today at 732-440-3950 for a free consultation, an honest assessment of your case, and the answers you need to move forward.
Requirements for a Slip and Fall Claim in New Jersey
First and foremost, a slip and fall incident can involve either slipping or tripping, meaning that the event may have been caused by slipping on a wet or slick surface, or tripping on uneven ground, thus prompting a fall. Obviously, slip and falls occur all the time, but these events are not always cause for a personal injury claim. In order to have legal grounds to pursue compensation, you must have suffered a documented injury and someone else must be at fault for causing said injury. The legal grounds for liability in New Jersey require property owners to:
- Cause your injury by contributing to the danger of the surface (i.e. spilling something on the floor, tearing the carpet, etc.); or
- Fail to identify a dangerous condition that a reasonable person would have (for example, if it snowed, they should assume that there is snow on the walkways on their property); or
- Fail to take corrective measures to restore the safety of their premises (i.e. shoveling snow, cleaning up a spill, replacing the flooring, etc.); or
- Fail to post appropriate signage to warn visitors, patrons, employees, or passers-by of the potential hazard (consider signs such as “slippery when wet” and “caution wet floor”)
As mentioned above, you must have suffered documented injuries, meaning that it is essential to seek prompt medical treatment after your slip and fall. Insurance companies and those who represent negligent parties will be the first to point to your lack of medical documentation as a means by which to undermine your claim. As such, the first critical steps to take after your slip and fall injury are (1) to seek medical attention and (2) to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.
Common Sites for Slip and Fall Injuries in New Jersey
A slip and fall accident can happen to anyone, anywhere. However, there are certain locations where slip and falls occur with more frequency than others. The owners of these premises are obligated under premises liability law to ensure the safety of those operating on their properties. Failure to do so may result may result in slip and fall accidents and the many injuries that afflict innocent victims. Some of the most common sites for slip and fall accidents in New Jersey include:
- Apartment buildings and private residences
- Swimming pools
- Commercial properties and office buildings
- Grocery stores and supermarkets
- Shopping malls and other retailers
- Restaurants and bars
- Hotels, resorts, and casinos
- Stadiums and entertainment venues
Notably, these premises encompass more than just the physical structure of the building. They include sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, and other surfaces that exist within the confines of the property . Thus, the legal responsibility to ensure safety on the premises requires appropriate measures to address hazards in these areas as well.
Contact our Ocean NJ Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers to Discuss Your Case
If you have sustained an injury as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, contact our highly knowledgeable New Jersey personal injury attorneys at 732-440-3950 for a free consultation. We have recovered millions of dollars for victims injured during slip and falls and are pleased to put over 50 years of experience to work for you.