Trip and Fall Accident Attorneys In New Jersey
A trip and fall accident injury may occur due to an unexpectedly wet or icy floor, an uneven walkway, and an icy parking lot stairway, and any number of defects and hazards. In these situations, there may be an obvious cause for your injuries and that would likely be the negligence of another.
When you are injured due to the negligence of someone else, you should not have to face the consequences of your injuries, financial loss, and anxiety alone. Parker Waichman LLP’s New Jersey trip and fall attorneys will help hold the people responsible for your injuries be legally responsible for their actions and will work to get you the compensation you deserve so that you may focus on your healing and returning back to your life, family, and career.
Specific elements must be present in trip and fall accident lawsuits. Generally, one important factor is proving negligence on the part of the individual who is allegedly responsible for where the accident occurred. One such example would be that a trip and fall accident might have taken place because a property owner allegedly failed to warn of a dangerous condition by placing signs or by roping off the area.
Should you become injured in a trip and fall accident, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible. The property owner must be notified, as well, and claims should be documented and include the injuries, the dangerous condition, and any witness(s) names and contact information. Compensation from a trip and fall lawsuit may help cover medical expenses, such as hospital stays or other types of medical treatment and loss of wages and loss of future wages.
Who is Responsible for New Jersey Trip and Fall Accidents and Injuries?
Trip and fall accidents lead to more than eight million trips to hospital emergency rooms annually in the United States. These types of accidents may lead to massive medical bills; significant loss of wages; potential loss of future wages; and negative impacts to the injured individual’s daily activities and functioning, career, family life, and lifestyle.
Trip and fall lawsuits may be filed when a property owner neglected to take the action that was necessary to avoid individuals from becoming injured on his or her property site. For example, should water have pooled on the floor of a business, restaurant, or theater and the owner of the establishment knew, or should have known, about the danger of this puddle but did nothing to dry the area or warn patrons, the owner may be held responsible for any trip and fall accidents and injuries that may occur.
Should the property owner have no way of knowing about the dangerous condition, the situation may not constitute negligence. For example, a person trips and falls during a snow fall, negligence would be difficult to prove.
Those responsible for a location’s maintenance and upkeep may also be held liable for trip and fall injuries. These may include property owners, property managers, maintenance companies, tenants, custodians, and state and/or local governments and municipalities and other entities.
Property owners, managers, and companies that are hired to maintain a property all have an array of responsibilities to keep a property reasonably safe for all visitors, patrons, and others. This responsibility is known as “duty of care.”
Duty of care mandates that the parties be aware of timely remedies to hazards that may trigger injury-causing accidents.
Some common sites of trip and falls include:
- Apartment complexes
- Convenience stores
- Curbs, sidewalks, and walkways
- Gas stations
- Grocery stores
- Hotels, casinos, entertainment venues
- Parking lots
- Private residences (this may involve homeowners insurance)
- Retail stores
- Schools (public schools have additional legal protections versus private schools)
Some hazards that may lead to a trip and fall injury may include:
- Broken sidewalks.
- Damaged flooring: Rips in a carpet
- Ice accumulation
- Lack of handrails on staircases
- Obstruction, debris on floors or sidewalks
- Poorly maintained stairs: Broken and cracked steps, slippery mold patches
- Poor or no lighting
- Snow accumulation (weather-related slip and falls)
- Unclear, poorly placed, or missing hazard signs such as “wet floor”
- Uneven pavement, sidewalks; cracks and breaks, loose paving stones, potholes
- Wet floors
- Wet or icy exterior walkways, including from water, ice, scattered leaves
- Wet or slippery interior floors
Trip and fall accidents may lead to significant, sometimes devastating, injuries that may require surgery.
Some examples include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
- Neurologic injuries
- Shoulder injuries: Rotator cuff tears
- Spinal injuries: Herniated or bulging discs, paralysis
- Sprains and strains
- Tailbone injuries
- Torn ligaments and tendons
If you have suffered injuries following a trip and fall accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to monetary compensation that includes for medical bills, lost wages, potential lost future wages, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and permanent injuries that adversely impact daily activities and lifestyle.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident in New Jersey, be sure to see your physician as immediately as possible and be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations, make all of your doctor’s appointments, and document your medical care, including with photographs.
Each personal injury case is unique given how the injury occurred and the injuries that were sustained. The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman have a deep relationship in New Jersey communities and decades of successful experience in personal injury cases.
If You Have Questions About Filing A New Jersey Trip and Fall Injury Lawsuit
The attorneys Parker Waichman have a long history of successfully fighting New Jersey trip and fall injury accidents and recovering compensation for their clients. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a trip and fall accident, the firm offers legal consultations to individuals with questions about filing a lawsuit. Parker Waichman offers free, no-obligation case evaluations.
For more information, call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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