All property owners are required by law to provide a safe environment for visitors or customers. Dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, poor lighting, and uneven or slippery surfaces can lead to serious accidents. If you were injured by slipping or tripping on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for a premises liability case. However, to collect compensation from a property owner, you must prove that your injury was a direct result of a dangerous condition that the property owner knew or should have known about. A slip and fall attorney from Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC can help you investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you have a case. Our team represents clients throughout the state of New Jersey from our offices in Kearny and Hoboken, NJ. Schedule a case evaluation by contacting us online or calling (201) 998-2728.
Understanding Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident occurs when a hazardous condition on another’s property causes you to slip, trip, or fall, and results in an injury. There are many possible causes of a slip and fall accident, including:
- Wet surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Uneven or broken stairs
- Broken, cracked, or uneven sidewalks
- Weather-related conditions such as snow, ice, or rain
- Hidden hazards
- Obstacles, such as boxes or equipment
Slip and fall accidents can occur at work or on public or private property. Construction sites and other industrial environments are especially dangerous, as employees are often working at high elevations or around heavy machinery. Our team at Dunne, Dunne & Cohen can assist you whether your slip and fall accident was work-related or happened on another type of property.
Consequences of Slip and Falls
A fall can result in a variety of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Broken bones, lacerations, or injuries to the spinal cord or brain are all possible effects of a slip and fall. The consequences of this type of accident can be far-reaching, especially if you accumulate extensive medical bills and require time away from work. In cases of a catastrophic injury, you or your loved one may require lifelong medical care and assistance. In tragic circumstances, a fall from a tall structure can even be fatal.
Our team can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you have a strong case.
Pursuing a personal injury suit can help you collect the financial compensation you need to cover the expenses caused by your slip and fall accident. Even a relatively minor injury can merit a lawsuit.
Proving a property owner was negligent in their responsibility to maintain a safe environment can be difficult. In order to have a strong slip and fall case, you must have evidence to prove:
- You were injured.
- Your injury occurred on another's property due to hazardous conditions.
- The property owner knew, or should have known, about the condition and did not take the necessary action to repair it or warn visitors of its existence.
New Jersey is a contributory negligence state, which means you also need to prove you were less at fault for your accident than the individual who allegedly caused it. If the defendant in your case is able to prove that your actions played a significant role in your injury, the judge may deny you compensation. It is important to consult with a personal injury attorney before making any decisions about a slip and fall case. Our team can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you have a solid case.
Protecting Your Rights
As a visitor or employee, you have the right to a safe environment. When an individual fails to maintain the safety of their property and an injury results, you can take legal action to collect the compensation you deserve. Our team at Dunne, Dunne & Cohen can fight to protect your rights and your best interests whether during negotiation or in court. Call our office at (201) 998-2728 or contact the practice online to learn more about our services or to schedule a case evaluation.