From apartment complexes to department stores, you have the right to go about your day free from fear of improperly managed property conditions. Unfortunately, however, many property owners do not take the required steps to keep their property safe from hazards. And when innocent visitors are injured, they can often bring a lawsuit for a slip and fall.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Many people are injured either when they hit the ground or while they are falling. As experienced attorneys, we see many people suffering from:
- Broken hips
- Sprains and strains, as they try to stop themselves from falling
- Fractures, particularly in the arms as they try to break their fall
- Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, when they strike their head on the ground or on something else
- Cuts and lacerations, if they strike their head on a filing cabinet, desk, or sideboard
These injuries were entirely preventable had the property owner used adequate care to keep the premises safe. Unfortunately, the premises owner did not. As a result, many people experience preventable injuries due to unsafe premises.
These injuries can range from falling on an improperly managed staircase to slipping on a spill that was not promptly addressed. Injuries like these can cause a significant amount of damage and stress, including short- and long-term medical costs as well as emotional pain and suffering.
Duty to Keep Premises Safe
Landlords are legally required to maintain their premises safely. This includes routine inspection, promptly addressing hazards, and warning visitors about potential safety issues. If property owners fail to maintain the safety of their property, they can be liable for injuries sustained by visitors. For instance, it is their duty to properly address snow removal.
Of course, the precise duties owed to visitors depends on the circumstances. Sometimes, it is easier to warn a visitor to a problem rather than fix it. Each case is different, so meet with an attorney to review.
What to Do after Falling
The steps you take immediately after the fall could make the difference between receiving maximum compensation or having to settle for a measly settlement.
If you slipped and fell due to improperly managed property conditions, you may be entitled to compensation for things like medical bills and missed wages. To help your case, do the following:
- Get a picture of the hazard that injured you, if possible. For example, if you slipped on pooled liquids, use a smartphone to get at least a couple of pictures before the liquid is cleaned up. Pictures can help establish that the hazard actually existed.
- Identify any witnesses to the accident. Get their names and contact information so your attorney can speak to them later.
- Get prompt medical treatment and follow your doctor’s orders. You want to improve as quickly as possible.
- Obtain insurance information from the owner where you slipped and fell. Businesses should have a business liability policy. A private homeowner should have homeowners or renter’s insurance.
- If at a business, insist that they create an incident report.
Speak with One of Our NJ Slip and Fall Attorneys
This is a key step, also. An attorney can handle the insurance details while allowing you to invest 100% in your recovery. Never speak to an insurer without an attorney present, since the insurer might try to get you to say something that compromises your claim.
O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC, is a leader in premises liability law in New Jersey. Give us a call to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
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