New Jersey Slip and Fall Attorney
Slip and fall injuries can happen at any time and in countless ways. Though slip and falls are often mischaracterized as minor accidents, they can cause serious and permanent injuries. If a slip and fall accident leaves you or a loved one with serious injuries that you believe were another person’s fault, contact a reliable New Jersey slip and fall attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP.
Common Causes of Slip and Falls
Slip and fall injuries, both indoors and outdoors, occur due to a variety of situations. Some of the common causes of indoor slip and fall injuries our New Jersey personal injury lawyers have seen are:
- Slippery floors
- Unsteady or unsafe stairs
- Escalators and elevators
- Faulty or broken hand rails
Some of the more common outdoor slip and fall accident causes include:
- Ice or snow buildup
- Poor outdoor lighting
- Poorly maintained parking lots
- Uneven sidewalks
Proving Fault in New Jersey Slip and Fall Claims
Usually, you must prove the owner of the property or location where you fell was negligent and allowed a dangerous condition to develop in order to show the court that the defendant was at fault. A dangerous condition is a situation that presents unreasonable risk to someone. It is also important that the dangerous condition is not something that the victim should have been able to predict.
To show that the defendant was negligent, you and your New Jersey premises liability lawyer must prove that the owner knew or should have known the dangerous condition existed and did nothing or that the dangerous condition existed for an unreasonably long time. Part of an owner’s duties is to be reasonably aware of the conditions on his or her property. Being reasonably aware requires that he or she knows about dangerous conditions after a certain period. For example, if a customer accidentally spills a product in a store and someone slips on the spill a few minutes later, the owner is unlikely to be liable because the incidents happened so close together. However, if a customer spills something and someone slips on it two hours later, the owner could be liable because he or she should have cleaned it up.
Compensation for Slip and Fall Victims in New Jersey
Providing you win your case, the court will award you compensation for your injury. It could award you damages for many aspects of the incident. Medical bills and expenses are the primary damage that the court may award you. You could also receive compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced and are experiencing because of the accident. Last, the court could award you damages for any wages that you lost because you had to take days off work to recover from your injury, or your earning capacity was lowered because of reduced capability.
In certain cases, the court may decide to also award you punitive damages. The court awards punitive damages when it determines that the defendant acted recklessly or intentionally and that the punishment needs to reflect the egregiousness of the act.
New Jersey law adheres to the modified comparative negligence rule. This negligence rule gives courts the ability to adjust compensation according to how much each party was at fault for the accident. For example, if the court determines that you were 35% responsible for your injury, it will reduce your compensation by 35%. As long as you are less than 50% at fault for the incident, the court could award you some amount in damages. For more information regarding potential damages, consult a New Jersey slip and fall attorney.
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP | Slip and Fall Lawyers in New Jersey
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may have a case. Contact Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay anything if we don’t win a settlement or judgment for you.