Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Falls Caused by Excessive Weather Conditions - Ice and Snow

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 27, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Every year, it seems that winter grows longer, more severe, and more unpredictable. One thing that remains constant, however, is the increased risk of slipping and falling that comes with winter weather. Anyone who has spent a winter in New Jersey knows the perils that come with snow and ice accumulation. When the temperature climbs above freezing for part of the day the danger can actually increase, as packed snow begins to melt and turns to slippery slush, then re-freezes as temperatures drop during the night. Additionally, previously cleared sidewalks can become icy when adjacent snow shoveled off the sidewalk melts, the water flows onto the sidewalk, and freezes. Most people take pains to move carefully across outdoor surfaces when snow and ice cover the ground, but black ice and hidden slick spots under snow cover are difficult to spot.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall

Falls on Escalators & Elevators

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 25, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

While there is no place on most properties that is completely free of the dangers of slip and fall accidents, some areas present both a greater risk of a fall and the potential for more serious injury than other parts of the same property. Many multi-story buildings such as shopping malls and office complexes offer visitors the convenience of using elevators and escalators to travel between floors, and every day thousands of people use these devices without a second thought. But the traffic of those thousands puts a great deal of stress on the machinery and surfaces of escalators and elevators, and without careful and regular maintenance, these can wear down and create hazards that put the lives and bodies of riders at serious risk.

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Topics: Injuries, Trip and Fall, Slip and Fall

Falls on Stairs

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 23, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Most of us walk up and down several flights of stairs every day without giving them a second thought. Sometimes these stairs are as short as the two or three front steps into a building, and other times the stairwell spans several stories. In either case, and all those in between, we trust that the stairs have been properly built and well maintained – and most of the time, our confidence is justified. But on those occasions when it is not, serious injury can result. A fall on stairs is often worse than a similar fall on a level floor surface, for the obvious reason that if you are unable to catch yourself, your fall might continue to the bottom of the staircase or landing. In addition, the hard edges of the stairs present a series of painful obstacles to strike against during a fall. In a serious fall on stairs, broken bones, injured knees, ankles and shoulders, traumatic brain injury, spinal trauma, and neck and back injuries are among the potential injuries that an accident victim can suffer.

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Topics: Injuries, Slip and Fall, falls on stairs

Indoor Floors

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 20, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Because we see the number of slip and fall injuries change with the seasons due to weather conditions, it's easy to make the mistake of thinking of falling injuries resulting in premises liability cases as primarily or exclusively an outdoor danger. After all, one doesn't generally find rain-slicked autumn leaves, ice or snow accumulation, or cracked pavement forced apart by freezing and thawing, inside buildings. However, slipping and tripping hazards resulting from poor indoor floors are present throughout the year, and can cause serious injuries.

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Topics: Injuries, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall

Falls from Flooring Conditions

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Falls can be caused by any number of hazards placed in your path, but sometimes the greatest danger is a defect in the path itself. Poor floors are often a sign of inadequate maintenance of the property, and can result in serious slipping or tripping injuries. Injury cases caused by a fall on a damaged or poorly maintained flooring surface require different arguments from both the accident victim's attorney and the insurance company, and pose unique challenges to an injured plaintiff seeking to recover compensation for injuries.

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Topics: Injuries, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall

Elevated Falls

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Any accident on another person's or business's property that results in a fall can have serious consequences for the injured person, but not all falls are created equal. There are many ways to categorize falling accidents, but one of the more important factors is the kind of terrain on which the injured person fell: was it a relatively flat surface, or was there an elevation difference involved? Most falling injuries are caused by accidents that take place on a fairly level area, such as an uneven sidewalk, a lawn with a gopher hole, or a slippery supermarket floor. However, elevated falls – accidents that involve falling from any height – often mean much more serious injuries for the accident victim.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, elevated falls

Ladder Falls

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Among the most dangerous types of elevated falls are ladder falls. The primary purpose of a ladder is to allow the user to climb to some height off the ground – whether that's only a couple of feet on a stepladder to change a light bulb, or a dozen yards on an extension ladder to work on a construction project – and being off the ground poses the inherent risk of falling. That's why everyone involved in the activity, from the person doing the climbing to other people working around them to the manufacturer that designed and sold the ladder itself, has a responsibility to reduce that risk as much as possible. Ladder falls can result in serious damage to the neck, back, and spine, broken bones, severe head trauma, or even death.

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Topics: Injuries, Slip and Fall, Workplace Accidents, injury compensation, ladder falls

Fall Accidents from Vehicles and Equipment

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 09, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When a person sustains a personal injury in an accident involving a motorized vehicle, one might be forgiven for assuming that the injuries were sustained in an automotive crash or collision, rather than a fall. The truth, however, is that falls from vehicles, tractors, and other power equipment are among the more dangerous – even deadly – injury-causing falls. Sometimes these fall accidents are due to improper usage of the equipment, but even when an operator is using the vehicle in the way it was intended, a lack of careful maintenance or poor conditions can create hazards that can result in a fall even when the vehicle is parked.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Slip and Fall, falls from vehicles, falls from equipment

Liability for Dangerous Premises in New Jersey

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When you set out to seek compensation for injuries you sustained from an accident on another person's or business's property, there are a number of things you and your attorney must be able to prove. The first few are obvious: you must prove that the accident took place, that you were injured as a result of it, and that the injuries and money damages you are seeking stem from those injuries. In addition to this, you must also prove that the individuals or business entities that control the property (whether they own it, rent it, or have been charged with its management) bear liability for the injuries you suffered. Proving liability is often more challenging in slip and fall accidents than it is in, for instance, car crashes, for a number of reasons. Often, the injured person in a slip and fall accident is also the only person to have witnessed the accident take place. In a car accident, certain types of accidents (like a rear-end collision) carry a clear indication of fault, whereas premises liability law can be complex, can vary based upon the location of the fall, and, in some cases, can be very subjective. Having the help of an experienced premises liability attorney is essential when pursuing an injury case like this, as your attorney can help you understand the details of the laws governing liability.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, injury compensation, premises liability

Slip and Fall Accidents Resulting from Unsafe Floors and Conditions

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 11, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Though a slip and fall accident may occur at any time of the year, the winter months generally see an increase in accident injuries associated with falls resulting from unsafe floor conditions. When most people think of slip and fall accidents connected with winter weather, they might imagine poorly shoveled sidewalks or icy front steps – and outdoor hazards are certainly a major issue at this time of year. But the danger of inclement winter weather can follow you inside as well, creating additional slip and fall dangers inside buildings. In addition, there are many indoor slipping hazards that remain constant all year round. If you run afoul of any of these dangerous conditions, the injuries you sustain can be serious, requiring costly medical treatment and keeping you out of work for extended periods of time.

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Topics: Injuries, Slip and Fall, injury compensation

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