Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Winter Slip and Fall Hazards Continue into Spring Months in NJ

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 01, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

Spring has arrived at last, bringing with it warm temperatures and clear skies…. April Fool! Winter has been hanging on stubbornly this year, ushering in the new season with a vernal nor’easter and starting out the month of April with fresh snow. This unpredictable and unseasonable weather is more than a minor inconvenience that prevents us from packing away the ice scrapers for another season; it creates an unfortunate mix of hazards for anyone venturing outside at this time of year. Slip and fall risks associated with winter weather linger on, while fluctuating temperatures bring springtime slipping hazards into the mix.

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Topics: Slip and Fall, traumatic brain injury

What is the Difference between Trip and Fall Accident and a Slip and Fall Accident?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 27, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

One of the most common causes of injury is a fall to the ground after losing one’s balance or footing. If you suffer such a fall because of a hazard on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Depending on the nature of the fall, these claims are generally referred to as “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accidents. In many ways these two types of accidents are identical, but there are some key differences that may have relevance to your injury case if you have suffered one of these accidents.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Slip and Fall

Pre-litigation in Personal Injury Cases Explained

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 20, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

For many people who suffer injuries in an automotive or other accident, their efforts to obtain compensation for their injuries are the first experience they have with civil courts and litigation. The procedures and jargon surrounding personal injury suits can be confusing to anyone encountering it for the first time, and that confusion only adds to the stress of dealing with serious injuries and the resulting financial pressures. As an example, an injured plaintiff might anxiously wonder what “pre-litigation” is, what role it plays in their pursuit of compensation, and how a suit can be successful even if it never moves past the pre-litigation stage.

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Topics: Car Accidents, Slip and Fall, Bicycle Accidents, motorcycle injuries, personal injury complaint

Dangers of Slip and Falls During Freeze and Thaw Cycles

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

In the immediate aftermath of a snowstorm, the bitter cold and piles of snow and ice make venturing outside a daunting prospect. Winter storms can leave behind dangerously slippery conditions for anyone traveling on foot, or even walking to their cars. However, when the temperature starts to rise a little, surely that’s a sign of safer walking conditions to come, right? Not necessarily. Warmer days and sub-freezing nights result in freeze and thaw cycles that, if anything, make it more dangerous to traverse sidewalks and driveways, rather than less.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Slip and Fall Injuries when Rain is Followed by Falling Temperatures

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 23, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

The fact that snowy weather can create slippery conditions that increase the danger of falling accidents is not news to any long-time New Jersey resident. However, it’s much easier to forget that a brief stretch of 40-degree rainy weather can create conditions that are just as dangerous – if not worse – when the temperature dips below freezing again during the night. The rainfall may melt away any accumulated snow at the edges of roads and walkways, but very little of that moisture is absorbed into the cold winter air. Most of it lingers on the surface of sidewalks and driveways until the weather turns cold enough that the residual water re-freezes into a slick, near-invisible sheet of ice. If that isn’t perilous enough, even a dusting of snow can completely conceal the ice on walkways, making it harder for pedestrians to anticipate the presence of slipping hazards.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Falling is Leading Cause of Most Nonfatal Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jan 18, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

No one who has lived in New Jersey for any length of time is surprised by the fact that snowy weather increases a person’s risk of slipping and falling. What may be surprising for many of us, however, is how great the effect of that increased risk can be, and how often these falls can lead to serious injury. While the best-case scenario for a fall on ice results in nothing more than damp dress or trousers and something to complain about for the rest of the morning, many falls cause injuries serious enough to warrant a hospital visit. In fact, the workload increase in emergency rooms during slippery, snowy days is comparable to the increase resulting from a major accident or moderate natural disaster, according to some studies.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Caution: Icy conditions cause falls, sprains, broken ankles

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 16, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

For many people, the new year is a busy time, whether that means embarking on new projects or finishing up things that were put aside for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the bustle of new year productivity is all too readily derailed by a slip and fall injury. Freezing temperatures quickly turn any precipitation into a slipping hazard, creating prime conditions for ankle sprains and fractures.

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Topics: Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Winter Woes…Parking Lot Slip and Fall: Victim Gets $290,000 Settlement

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jan 12, 2018

In a New Jersey winter, one day we live in Arctic cold and the next it’s in the high 30s. Everything melts only to re-freeze when the temperatures plummet again at night. Add to that a leaky gutter and you have all the elements for a slip and fall accident.

Such was the case for one client who fell at the condominium complex where she was renting an apartment.

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Topics: Spine Injuries, Success Stories, Slip and Fall

Fractures to Lower Leg Caused by Slip on Ice Settles for $290,000

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Sun, Jan 29, 2017

By Francis M. Smith

Frank Smith recently resolved a case in which he represented a gentleman who parked at a commercial parking lot on his way to work. The parking lot owner was aware that patrons would be coming in to the lot, knew that run off from a snowfall several days earlier would melt in the subsequent warmer weather and then freeze overnight, when temperatures went below freezing, and that in the morning, there would be ice on the blacktop where patrons would be walking.

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Topics: Injuries, Success Stories, Slip and Fall

Another Harsh Winter Anticipated

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Dec 18, 2015

  By Francis M. Smith

As winter closes in on New Jersey again, many residents have begun to wonder whether another season of unusual and severe weather awaits us. Long-range forecasts are difficult to make with any certainty, but the old stand-by reference for many people across the country, the Old Farmer's Almanac, has weighed in definitively on the subject. According to the almanac, the winter of 2015-2016 promises to be another severe one, with particularly harsh temperature drops and plenty of snow. In particular, our part of the country is destined for some noteworthy cold snaps this year, according to the publication.

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Slip and Fall, Pedestrian Accidents

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