Accidents involving slips, trips and falls happen to people of every age, sex and race. When these accidents are caused by the failure to maintain a property or the failure to fix a dangerous condition on the property, the injured individuals may have a premises liability claim against the responsible parties. That is why it is so important to contact a New Jersey slip and fall lawyer if you are ever involved in any kind of incident.
Dangerous conditions can cause individuals to slip, trip and fall in many different locations. Slip and fall accidents can occur both inside and outside at construction sites, pools, retail stores, private homes, commercial properties and parking lots. Individuals can slip and fall on public sidewalks and streets, stairs, escalators and elevators.
Common Locations for Accidents
- Wet and sticky floors in commercial establishments (including spilled food and drink in grocery stores and wet bathroom floors)
- Overly crowded aisles and passageways
- Rough, cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Parking lots or sidewalks covered with ice, snow and rain
- Floors with bulging or improperly secured carpeting or rugs
- Stairs with missing, worn out or loose handrails
- Over manhole or sewer covers and drainage gates
- Inadequately lit stairwells
Serious bodily injuries can result from slips and falls. Broken bones, muscle sprains and strains, back injuries, bruising, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, traumatic brain injury and even death are common bodily injuries associated with slip and fall accidents.
Filing a Slip and Fall Lawsuit
To succeed in a slip and fall accident lawsuit, the injured individual, or their slip and fall attorney in New Jersey, must prove the existence of a legal duty to keep the premises safe from dangerous conditions and a breach of that duty which caused an injury.
New Jersey courts will examine whether the injured individual was an invitee, licensee or trespasser on the property in determining whether a duty has been breached. Invitees include property guests and those individuals who have an implied invitation to enter a property. Licensees enter a property for their own benefit with an express or implied invitation. Those who enter a property without permission are trespassers.
Potentially Responsible Parties
The proper identification of all potentially responsible parties in premises liability matters is an important part in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries. Property owners, property managers, business owners, custodians, property caretakers, repair companies and landscaping services may also face slip and fall accident liability for their intentional or negligent behavior.
When an injury occurs on property owned by a local, state or federal governmental entity, the injured individuals may still recover for their losses although special immunity laws may limit the amount of liability for these governmental entities.
Benefit of An Attorney
If you or your loved one has been injured in a New Jersey slip and fall accident, the experienced slip and fall injury lawyers at Grungo Colarulo can assist you and your family in obtaining compensation for your past and future medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.