Injuries from slip and falls can result in devastating injuries.
For some people, recovering from a fall could take months. For others, their injuries are permanent.
In the meantime, victims struggle to find a way to cope and pay their medical bills.
If you sustained injuries from a slip and fall on another person’s property, contact a New Jersey slip and fall accident lawyer at Wiley Lavender Maknoor immediately.
Our attorneys understand this is a stressful and emotional time for you and your family. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Numerous hazards can cause a slip and fall, but some are more common than others.
These hazards include:
- Icy or wet outdoor walkways,
- Wet or slippery inside floors,
- Damaged flooring,
- Broken or uneven pavement,
- Missing handrails on staircases,
- Lack of proper lighting,
- Debris on the floor or pavement, and
- Lack of hazard warnings.
If your fall resulted from one of these causes or a similar cause, you could have a legal claim against the property owner.
If you want to know whether you have a legal claim, contact a slip and fall accident lawyer in New Jersey.
Duty of Care in a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere.
Common spots include:
- Shopping malls,
- Parking lots,
- Apartments complexes, and
- City properties.
Property owners have a duty of care to visitors. However, the level of care depends on the category of visitors.
New Jersey law categorizes visitors as invitees, licensees, or trespassers.
An invitee is someone who has been invited to a property—like grocery stores, restaurants, and malls—for business purposes.
Property owners must conduct regular checks for dangers, put up warning signs, and correct any hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
Licensees have permission from the property owner but are not conducting business.
An example might be a social guest. Owners do not need to scan their homes for hidden dangers.
However, they do have a duty to make a condition reasonably safe or warn guests if they knew (or should’ve known) a hazard existed.
Property owners owe the lowest duty of care to a trespasser. A property owner’s only responsibility to a trespasser is not to intentionally harm them.
Property owners could be liable if the trespasser is a child in certain circumstances.
Who Could Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall Injury?
Understandably, injured victims want to know who will reimburse their medical expenses and other damages. In general, anyone responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the property where you fell could be liable.
Potential parties include:
- Commercial property owners,
- Private property owners,
- Maintenance companies,
- Rental property tenants,
- Property managers,
- Local municipalities or state government agencies, and
Every case is unique, and the responsible parties will differ. That’s why contacting a New Jersey slip and fall accident lawyer is essential.
When you hire Wiley Lavender Maknoor, we will uncover all possible defendants.
Contact Us Today
If you need assistance pursuing a slip and fall case, the legal team at Wiley Lavender Maknoor can help.
We understand how confusing the claims process can seem. Let us handle the complex legal system while you concentrate on your recovery.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can assist you.