Recovering Compensation for Sidewalk Injuries in New Jersey
The human body is designed to walk upright. That means that when we fall, even if it's “just” a sidewalk accident, we fall a long way. Our bodies absorb the full impact of any "fall down" accident, and we can suffer broken bones, torn ligaments, head injury and other injuries that can affect us for the rest of our lives.
Injured victims need compensation, and so the law is forced to ask: Who is responsible for paying them? Was the sidewalk dangerous or poorly maintained? Can the property owners be held liable? If you're having trouble recovering the compensation you need, an experienced lawyer can help.
I'm Francis M. Smith, a personal injury attorney with over 30 years of experience handling sidewalk injuries. I can help you efficiently negotiate the settlement you need so that you can start bringing a sense of normalcy back to your life. For a free consultation, call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online today. I represent injured clients throughout counties that include Sussex County, Union County, Morris County and Hunterdon County.
Personally Handling Sidewalk Injuries of All Kinds
Depending on the nature and cause of your accident, the severity of your injuries can vary from the temporary to the permanent. Some sidewalk injuries are even life–threatening. At the time of the writing of this part of my web site, I am representing the estate and the survivors of a gentleman who died due to head injuries when he fell on an icy sidewalk. At The Law Office of Francis M. Smith, Esq., I handle injuries of all kinds, including:
Will the Property Owner Be Held Responsible?
That depends on the nature of your case. If you were injured on a commercial property, rather than a residential property, Different legal principles are applied to answer this question.
But you still have to show that there was a "dangerous condition" on the property. This can include debris, potholes, uneven or raised sidewalks, or dangerous ice and snow. However, if the property is residential, you will likely also have to show that the property owner knew about it beforehand, and that the danger was not readily noticeable. Under such circumstances, a simple warning could have prevented an injury, and compensation for such an oversight, is after all, why we buy insurance.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your sidewalk injuries, just call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online today.