At Levin & Malkin, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys are all too familiar with the serious injuries that can result from debris-obstructed slip and fall accidents. In most cases, such accidents are due to the negligence of the property owner since property owners legally owe a duty of care to those on their premises. If you have suffered harm in a fall caused by debris obstruction, Levin & Malkin’s skilled slip and fall accident attorneys are well-prepared to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
Types of Debris that May Cause Slip and Fall Accidents
The kind of debris that causes your injury is usually related to your location at the time of the premises liability accident, as in the examples below:
In an automotive repair shop, you may trip over a misplaced wrench, air hose, hub cap, or extension cord, whereas at a construction site you may lose your balance due to a piece of lumber, a rope, a hammer, a utility knife, or a brick. If you are in a garden, you may fall victim to a misplaced pair of pruning shears, a tennis ball or shovel. Inside a home, you may be toppled by a lamp cord, a marble, or a toy truck. In a grocery store, a loose lemon may do you in. Unfortunately, wherever you are, seemingly harmless objects may present unseen hazards.
Why You Need Levin & Malkin for a Debris-Obstructed Slip and Fall Accident
At the time of your injury, the focus will be on getting you urgent medical care, but you will soon realize that, in addition to the physical and emotional trauma, you may be suffering financially. Even a relatively simple injury, such as a broken leg, will likely prevent you from working and tending to your household chores and personal needs at the same time as your medical expenses mount.
Once you consult with our capable attorneys and we establish that you have a valid slip and fall injury case, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf to begin seeking just compensation. In addition, we will:
- Handle all communications with opposing counsel and insurance companies
- Investigate the particular circumstances of your accident
- Substantiate the property owner’s liability for your injury due to poor maintenance, poor housekeeping or failure to warn visitors of existing danger
- Examine police reports and medical data
- Interview any witnesses
- Consult with any necessary experts
- Strategize how best to win you an out-of-court settlement or a positive verdict
You can count on us for full support throughout the legal process, and we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we present you with the damages you are entitled to receive.
Common Debris-Obstructed Slip and Fall Injuries
While many people, especially youngsters, manage to fall with only a scrape or bruise to show for their mishap, it is by no means rare for adults, especially seniors, to suffer severe injuries from debris-obstructed slip and falls, such as:
- Hip fractures
- Back, neck, or spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder dislocations
- Sprains or strains
- Head and/or facial injuries (e.g. broken nose)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
In the most serious debris-obstructed slip and fall accidents, the resulting injuries may require surgery and/or long-term care. That is why it’s imperative to have the strong legal representation of Levin & Malkin fighting for you. Our attorneys are empathic as well as knowledgeable, and will always be accessible to answer your questions and ease your concerns. Moreover, we have a reassuring track record of winning millions of dollars for our clients over our decades in practice.
Damages Our Experienced Debris-Obstructed Slip and Fall Attorneys Will Fight For
We are well aware that you continue to suffer both economic and non-economic hardship as a result of your injury, so we will work tirelessly to win whichever of the following damages apply in your particular case:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological counseling
- Permanent disability
- Extended nursing care
- Replacement services (e.g. house cleaning)
- Permanent scarring or other disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In worst case scenarios in which you have lost a loved one in an accidental slip and fall, Levin & Malkin will file a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking restitution for your final medical costs, funeral costs, and loss of financial and emotional support.
What if you are partly responsible for your fall?
There are some situations in which individuals contribute (however unintentionally) to their own slip and falls, for example by wearing improper footwear (e.g. flip-flops) or failing to use canes or lock arms with someone more stable when they have a balancing problem. In such cases, the court may find that the injured party bears some percentage of responsibility for her or his injury.
New Jersey adheres to the principle of contributory negligence, which means that the person asking for damages must be less responsible than the person who allegedly caused the accident in order to receive compensation. It also means that the injured party will have his or her percentage of fault (determined by the court) deducted from the settlement award. No matter what, you can rely on Levin & Malkin’s sharp attorneys to construct our trial arguments to obtain the maximum damages possible.
Contact Our Experienced Slip and Fall Attorneys for Superior Legal Advocacy
If you have been seriously injured in a debris-obstructed slip and fall accident, you are no doubt overwhelmed by the repercussions of the split-second incident that altered your life. Let Levin & Malkin’s first-rate attorneys take over the heavy lifting so you can take the time you need to rest and recover. While you do, we will fight aggressively to bring you the resources that will help you adjust, regroup, and reinvigorate your life. Contact us today.
Located in Hackensack, Levin & Malkin represent clients in Bergen, Morris, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Middlesex, and Union Counties and throughout New Jersey