If you or someone you know has been injured on the property of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Property owners have an obligation to keep their land reasonably safe and free from dangerous and defective conditions. When they fail to uphold this responsibility, and it causes an injury, property owners and those responsible for maintaining the property may be held responsible for the resulting injuries.
What is a Slip and Fall?
Slip and fall accidents occur when a person is injured due to slipping or tripping while on someone else’s property. If the obstacle or cause of the injury is due to a dangerous environment caused by the property owner’s negligence, the plaintiff may pursue compensation for their damages.
Every year there are millions of people that need medical attention due to slip and fall injuries. These injures vary widely from minor to severe and can cause both physical trauma and financial hardship.
Property owners in New Jersey are responsible for keeping their property “reasonably safe.” In other words, there should not be hazards that have the propensity to cause injury. This can come in many forms from spills in grocery stores to the disrepair of stairs or sidewalks. If hazards exist and the property owner does not take steps to address them, they can be considered negligent and open to a lawsuit.
Common Slip & Fall Injuries
Property owners, business owners, and landlords must maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition and take precautions to ensure their premises is safe. Poorly maintained property, hazardous conditions, negligent security, and other neglectful behavior or omissions can lead to injuries to innocent people. When this happens, injured individuals may have the ability to seek legal recourse. Premises liability accidents can occur in a number of ways:
- Slip and fall accidents on the property of others – shopping centers, supermarkets, nursing homes, government buildings, school, and office complexes
- High falls – from balconies, roofs, stairways and other dangerous heights
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Falling debris – construction sites, store merchandise
- Assaults and shooting accidents due to negligent security
- Accidents at amusement parks
- Drowning or other injuries in swimming pools not up to code
- Electrocution and electrical burns from poorly positioned electric cords or faulty wiring
Common Causes of Slip & Fall Injury
There are a myriad of ways that a person can sustain injury from hazards. Here are some of the factors involved:
- Slippery and Wet Floors
- Broken or cracked stairs and walkways
- Loose or exposed wiring
- Snow or ice on walkways and stairs
- Obstructions on walkways
- Poorly lit conditions
When conditions exist that can cause injury, property owners have the responsibility of addressing them. Often, prior knowledge of these risks needs to exist for property owners to be held liable.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
There are a wide range of injuries that can occur from slip and fall accidents. They range from minor such as cuts and scratches, to severe and life-threatening injuries such as head or back injuries. The most common injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Hip injuries
While people of any age can incur injury from a fall, older adult’s injuries are often the most severe. The CDC has said that some 90% of hip injuries are sustained as part of a slip & fall accidents. These injuries can be long-lasting and cause serious impairment to mobility.
Where Do Slip & Falls Typically Occur
While slip and fall accidents can take place anywhere they most commonly occur in the following places:
- Supermarkets and grocery stores
- Retail stores
- Apartment and rental complexes
- Parking lots
- Gas stations
Slip and Fall Compensation
Slip and fall cases are unique in both circumstances and the type and severity of the injury sustained. As such, the compensation in these cases can vary greatly. The severity of the injuries and the circumstances surrounding the accident are the primary factors involved in the amount of compensation you can expect.
If you sustained an injury through no fault of your own you may be eligible for the following types of compensation:
- Medical bills
- Lost and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Rehabilitation costs
The type and amount of compensation is dependent on the nature and severity of your injuries. Often, plaintiffs seek compensation for their medical bills and lost wages but, in severe cases, a person may not be able to return to work and will seek compensation for future wages they would have expected to be paid if not prevented by their injuries. In some cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious, punitive damages can also be awarded.
How The Reinartz Law Firm Can Assist You
A premises liability claim is extremely time-sensitive. Property owners will often rush to clean up after your accident and repair any unsafe conditions that led to your injury, eliminating crucial evidence. Additionally, you are limited in the time you have to file a premises liability claim in New Jersey. Swift investigation and timely filing by an experienced premises liability attorney is imperative for a successful outcome. The Reinartz Law Firm has many years of experience handling New Jersey premises liability cases. We have helped many clients throughout New Jersey recover physically and financially from personal injuries, and are dedicated to continued advocacy on behalf of victims of these accidents.
If you or someone you know has been injured on someone else’s property, call The Reinartz Law Firm to discuss the particulars of your case with one of our seasoned Bergen County premises liability lawyers. Contact our Hackensack office today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.