“Slip and fall” is a term for an injury that occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on another's property. Other terms for these types of accidents include: trip and fall, fall down or premises liability actions. “Slip and fall” accidents are usually no accident at all. Quite often, they are the foreseeable result of hazardous conditions that have been ignored or overlooked by a property owner or a business.
If you are on someone else's property in New Jersey and get injured as a result of a dangerous condition on their property, the owner of the property or the business owner may be liable for your injuries. Broken bones, sprains, brain and spinal injuries are all common injuries associated with slip or trip and fall cases, and they can result in significant medical expenses, prolonged pain and suffering, or long-term employment issues.
A slip and fall accident can occur in almost any location including grocery stores, hotels, malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, private residences, government buildings, amusement parks, etc. It includes falls as a result of water, snow, ice, and foliage, as well as changes in unsafe stairs, defective or missing handrails, flooring, insufficient lighting or other unseen hazards like uneven walking surfaces or a hole in the flooring, etc. Under New Jersey law, property owners are required to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition.
Proving that those conditions existed and that the property owner was negligent in the maintenance or repair of the property but did nothing to address it, can be difficult; that's where we can help.
Proven Track Record
If you have been injured because a property owner or business establishment failed to provide a safe environment, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages incurred because of your injury. Negotiating with insurance companies can be overwhelming and fraught with unexpected challenges and difficulties. The personal injury attorneys at Villani & DeLuca P.C. have a proven track record representing individuals facing all types of slip and fall claims in Ocean and Monmouth County, New Jersey, such as a slip and fall on wet floors, a slip & fall on ice, or a trip and fall on broken sidewalks. We have helped many injured people recover financial losses incurred as a result of their injury. Let us try to help you.
Dangerous or Hazardous Conditions
Property owners and business establishments are responsible for injuries that occur as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on their property, if they knew about, or should have known about the condition. If you have a valid claim for your injuries, do not delay. Gather the necessary evidence to build a strong case including:
- Write down details about the area where you fell and what specifically caused you to fall.
Take pictures of the scene depicting the condition.
- Write down the names and information of any witnesses who were present at the site where the incident occurred and also of those who were there after the fall.
- If the incident occurred in a store or place of business, speak with a supervisor or manager. Have them make an incident report and get a copy of all documents.
- Get proof of your injuries including all copies of medical records.
Understanding the New Jersey Slip and Fall Law
The Statute of Limitations (N.J.S.A. 2A:14) is a law which sets forth the period after an event during which a lawsuit must be filed. New Jersey has a time limit of two years for those seeking to file a lawsuit; this time limit helps preserve the integrity of evidence, whether it's physical evidence or a witness testimony. Property owners and business establishments have a legal duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. When they fail to do so and a slip and fall injury occurs as a result, the property owner must compensate the injured party for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earnings and pain and suffering.
Contact an Experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm for Help
Our goal is to ensure that negligent property owners take responsibility for their actions – through financial compensation for the injured victims. If you or someone you know or love is the victim of a “slip and fall” accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation and can take legal action to pursue it. At Villani & DeLuca P.C., we are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will receive personal attention and sound legal counsel from the initial consultation throughout the entire process.
Contact the New Jersey slip and fall lawyers of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. at (732) 709-7757 for your free consultation with an experienced lawyer. We serve clients throughout Ocean County and Monmouth County, New Jersey.