Slip and fall accidents may cause serious injuries which require ongoing medical care. Some falls can even result in permanent disabilities or fatalities. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to a property owner’s negligence, it is important to know your rights.
Located in Hackensack, Levin & Malkin regularly represents victims of slip and fall accidents in New Jersey. Well-versed in premises liability law, we have a proven track record of helping our clients obtain meaningful compensation. Our personal injury attorneys will handle your claim with the personal attention it deserves and never stop fighting for you.
What is premises liability in New Jersey?
Premises liability laws are intended to protect the public by requiring all property owners in New Jersey — private, commercial, and public — to maintain their property and provide a safe environment to pedestrians and visitors. This includes neighbors, mail carriers, patrons, vendors, passersby, and others.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on another’s property that was not maintained and/or no warnings were provided about a potential hazard, you may be able to hold the property owner accountable through a premises liability lawsuit.
Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
If a property owner’s negligence caused or contributed to your injuries, you will have a viable claim. Through the years, we have handled slip and fall accident claims arising from hazards such as:
- Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces
- Broken stairs/poorly secured banisters
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Debris/obstructed walkways
- Poorly lit walkways or hallways
- Uneven or warped flooring
- Poorly secured rugs
- Failing to warn visitors about a hazardous condition
- Failing to take prompt action to remedy a hazard
By thoroughly investigating the circumstances of your slip and fall accident, collecting and documenting evidence, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and collaborating with a team of investigators and medical experts, we will work to build a successful claim and help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident in New Jersey
Slip and fall accidents can occur at a neighbor’s home, on a sidewalk or playground, at a retail store, on a parking lot or public property. We will work to identify the responsible party, investigate and document the circumstances of your accident, and work to prove the negligent property owner’s liability.
To have a valid claim, we will demonstrate that the property owner failed to properly maintain the property and/or failed to warn others of any existing hazards. It is also necessary for us to prove that the property owner was aware, or should have been aware, of the hazard, and failed to protect the public from being injured on the premises.
Common Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries
The types of injuries that result from slip and fall accidents vary based on factors such as the type of fall from a height, down stairs, off a ladder, on a raised sidewalk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common injuries resulting from slip and and fall accidents include:
- Hip fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Fractures and sprains
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
If you been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation if the property owner neglected to remove dangerous obstacles, failed to make necessary repairs in a timely manner or did not warn you about a hazardous condition. At Levin and Malkin, we have the needed skills and experience to hold negligent parties accountable.
Damages You May Recover in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
When your slip and fall accident claim is successful, you should be awarded compensation which includes economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate you for lost wages, medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity, while non-economic damages cover losses that cannot be assessed monetarily.
These include pain and suffering, permanent disability and loss of enjoyment of life (e.g. companionship, spousal relationships, emotional support). Additionally, punitive damages may be awarded if the negligent property owner’s conduct was particularly egregious.
Why Call Levin and Malkin for Your Slip and Fall Claim?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, our attorneys will explain all of your rights, assess the merits of your claim, and personally handle all the details of your case. Knowing that you may have never encountered the legal system, we will offer you support and guidance and keep you fully informed about the status of your case. You can rest assured we will aggressively fight to help you obtain proper compensation. Contact our office today to set up a free consultation.