Slip (Trip) and Fall
The sidewalks, parking lots and retail stores of New Jersey can sometimes be treacherous to navigate. A victim can sustain a serious injury by walking down his or her own street. Those who are hurt in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can face the burden of lost wages, overwhelming medical bills and unforeseen future physical ailments. If you have been the victim of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you may be able to recover damages. Don’t sit idly by while your life is affected. Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can happen anywhere. If you are in need of legal services related to a fall down accident, contact Cohn Lifland to assess your case and guide you through your options.
How Does a Slip and Fall Accident Occur?
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents happen every day. Most fall down cases are caused by:
- Snow, ice, and rain
- Cracked and uneven pavement
- Poor lighting
- Debris, oil or other slippery substances on the floor, especially in supermarkets and other retail stores.
A property owner is responsible for keeping surfaces clear of hazardous conditions. If the owner knew or should have known about the condition of the property, you may be able to recover damages if you fall and injure yourself due to the hazardous condition. In the case of weather-related injuries, property owners must take reasonable care to safely remove snow and ice. Every town mandates public and private owners to clear snow and ice in a reasonable amount of time in order to keep sidewalks and other surfaces clear of hazards. Regarding fall downs in stores or malls, the property owner is responsible for maintaining safe floors for customers. If the property/store owner created the condition or failed to clean it reasonably, the property/store owner may be liable for damages to people injured by the condition.
You may have been hurt on someone’s property, but that does not automatically mean that the property owner is responsible for your injuries. According to New Jersey law, you have the burden of proof to demonstrate that the owner’s negligence caused your injury. You must have evidence that the owner of the property knew or should have known about the hazardous condition that caused the accident and failed to address it. If you have a camera on your phone, take pictures as soon as possible, talk to any witnesses and document the time and place of the accident. Especially with weather-related conditions, gathering evidence is time-sensitive and those conditions can change within a few hours.
Contact Cohn Lifland
If you are the victim of a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you need to act quickly. Cohn Lifland has provided New Jersey with effective legal services for over 90 years. Our attorneys will use all legal means to hold the responsible parties liable for your injuries. Our firm is ready to assess your case, guide you through your options and help you come to the best possible resolution of your legal matter. Don’t allow someone’s negligence to affect your life and livelihood. If you need a firm that is committed to its clients and passionate about the law, contact Cohn Lifland today.