Slip & Fall / Trip and Fall Overview in NJ
Recovering Compensation for New Jersey Slip and Fall Accidents Victims
Along with the right to own private property comes the responsibility to ensure that property doesn't pose a danger to the general public. When someone has a “trip and fall” or “slip and fall” accident and is seriously injured, he or she may be able to hold the property owner at-fault.
But insurance companies (like any business) tend to resist paying out large sums of money whenever it's possible. If you are finding it difficult to recover the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries, an experienced attorney can help.
My name is Francis M. Smith, and I am a personal injury lawyer with over 30 years of experience handling "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" accidents. I have the negotiation skills necessary to consistently secure just compensation for my clients' injuries. Call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online for a free consultation. I represent injured clients throughout counties that include Sussex County, Union County, Morris County and Hunterdon County.
Where Did Your Slip and Fall Injury Occur?
It's almost a given that people could potentially slip and fall in any location where they can walk. But some locations and circumstances — such as icy sidewalks — tend to be more dangerous than others. In my practice, I frequently handle the following "slip and fall" / "trip and fall" cases and many more:
- Dangerous Ice andSnow
- Accidents in Grocery Stores
- Sidewalk Injuries
- Dangerous Parking Lot Injuries
- Apartment Building Accidents
- Condominium Accidents
- Injuries in Faulty Stairwells
- Slip and Fall/Premises Liability Accidents
Did a "Dangerous Condition" Exist?
For a property owner to be held liable for any sort of falling accident, we need to prove that he or she actually did something wrong or failed to do something they should have done. Specifically, we need to prove that he or she allowed a "dangerous condition" to exist on the property, and that condition cause your "slip and fall" or "trip and fall" accident.
Most dangerous conditions will also qualify as a violation of a state safety code or city ordinance, like improper clearing of ice and snow, improper construction, improper maintenance and other violations.
Was the Premises Owner Aware of the Dangerous Condition?
In addition, we also need to show that the premises owner either was aware or should reasonably have been aware of the dangerous condition that made you or your loved one fall, sustaining injuries. This can be more difficult, but New Jersey's court system has traditionally been favorable to injured plaintiffs.
Did the Business' "Mode of Operation" Cause Your Slip and Fall Injury?
Sometimes, the way a business owner conducts business actually creates a foreseeable risk to patrons. For instance, supermarkets are well aware that when they sell loose vegetables and fruit these items may end up on the floor, creating a higher risk for "slip and fall" accidents. The store can, and should, take precautions for the safety of shoppers — mats, for instance, and more frequent inspections of the area. If the "mode of operation" has caused an injury, I can prove it. Call me and we'll discuss it.
Effective and Efficient Representation
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your slip and fall case, call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online. I will charge you no attorney fees unless I recover a settlement for you.