Slip and Fall Lawyers & Premises Liability
Did you know that injuries caused by slip, trip and fall accidents are responsible for the death of over 16,000 Americans each year?
Additionally, these types of accidents are a major source of injury in elderly individuals. An estimated 11,000 senior citizens are killed from injuries caused by slip, trip and fall accidents each year.
Slip, trip and fall accidents are one of the most common injuries in the workplace. Injuries can include fractured or broken bones, brain injury, and more.
Businesses and private property owners are responsible for providing a safe environment for workers and other individuals on their property. If they fail to provide a safe environment and someone is injured, they may be held responsible for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.
Otherwise known as premises liability, a lawsuit for dangerous conditions on property can arise for owners of commercial property, private residences, vacant lots and a number of additional property types.
Determining Who is Responsible
Property owners are not automatically liable for an accident. They may only be held legally responsible for the victim’s injuries, if the injuries were a result of a dangerous condition that existed on the property.
Some instances where premises liability might arise include:
- Broken or cracked sidewalks
- Trip and falls on stairs or escalators
- Slip and falls on ice or snow that has not been properly removed
- Dog attacks
Our slip and fall lawyers have experience in this area of practice and can help you file a claim against the responsible party or parties. There are certain procedural matters to consider before filing a claim:
- The condition of the property may be altered very shortly after the accident occurred. It is imperative that the dangerous condition that caused the accident is documented and photographed as soon as possible.
- New Jersey’s statute of limitations states that a lawsuit must be filed against the owner of private property within two years from the date your injury occurred.
- Victims injured on public property must give formal notice of a potential claim to the appropriate governmental entity within a very short period of time. This can be as short as 90 days from the initial date of injury. If the victim fails to give appropriate notice or bring legal action within the regulatory time frames, the ability to recover for any injuries caused may be lost.
The premises liability lawyers at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer have a number of resources and personnel to discover the cause of your fall, parties responsible and ultimately obtain money damages to compensate you for any losses due to your injuries.