Slips and falls often result in serious personal injuries. Slip and fall lawsuits are sometimes referred to as premises liability cases. Thousands of people sustain serious injuries, and even death, from falls each year. Many of these slips and falls are due to a dangerous or hazardous conditions on property.
Individuals may be injured by a homeowner or business owner’s failure to remove ice and snow, negligent business operations, negligent maintenance and/or poor construction. Different types of property owners have different types of responsibilities or duties to the public. For example, a commercial owner of property may have more responsibility than a residential property owner. A New Jersey and New York personal injury lawyer will be able to determine the level of responsibility that belongs to a negligent person or company.
Some property owners are immune or protected from lawsuits. Some commercial property owners have clauses in their leases that make their tenants responsible for the property conditions. In snow and ice cases, the snow removal company and/or management company may be responsible. Your New Jersey or New York personal injury attorney will determine which individuals, partnerships, corporations, or other entities should be included in any lawsuit.
Your lawyer must investigate and understand all the issues and law involved in your particular case.
Many people believe that if they fall on someone’s property, the owner is responsible no matter how the accident occurred. That is a common misconception of the general public and is why you must consult with lawyer.
If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, try to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. At Mintz & Geftic, we want to go to the scene of the accident as soon as possible to observe and photograph the conditions before they change or are corrected.
Mintz & Geftic obtained an $850,000 settlement for a client who fell from unsafe scaffolding while at work. Mintz & Geftic filed the case in Essex County Superior Court, Newark, New Jersey, and it resolved before trial. (Essex County, New Jersey 2015). In July 2015, Mintz & Geftic obtained a $250,000 judgment for their client who suffered a fractured arm by falling on a wet floor at an Elizabeth, New Jersey Hotel and Nightclub.
Uneven surfaces: Uneven levels and large cracks in walkways or sidewalks can cause slips and falls.
Ice on sidewalks: Ice on sidewalks and walkways are a serious hazard. Owners of property have a duty to clear these areas within a reasonable time.
Dimly Lit Stairways: A property owners should keep all public areas well lit to avoid slips and falls.
Construction defects: Loose steps or railings on stairways, misplaced parking lot bumpers, and various trip hazards are common examples of a construction defects that can cause serious injuries.
Cluttered aisles: Boxes or loose merchandise and equipment left in aisles or placing too much merchandise into tight spaces can create tripping hazards to guest of stores.
Liquid spills: When liquids are spilled on a floor or carried in on the boots or shoes of visitors, the owner of the property has a duty to clean it up.
Common Types of Compensation for Slips and Falls
An injury sustained as a result of a slip and fall may entitle you to compensation for the following:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Loss of earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Punitive damages in certain cases
New Jersey and New York Slip and Fall Attorneys
We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a slip and fall, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us email by clicking here to evaluate your case. Call Mintz & Geftic at 1-800-894-2320 or send us an email. Our slip and fall injury attorneys serve clients throughout New Jersey, and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.