Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. Falls are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits in the United States. When a slip and fall happens due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property or at a place of business, the injured party may have grounds to file a premises liability claim. Property owners have a legal duty to maintain a safe environment.
Property owners, property managers, and caretakers of property all have a legal duty to protect visitors from known dangers on the property, including cracked pavement, torn carpeting, spilled fluids, loose handrails, and the like. In premises liability cases, various types of property owners have different levels of responsibility to maintain their property. For example, business owners have the highest level of responsibility to keep their premises safe, because patrons visit their premises for commercial purposes.
At the other end of the spectrum, very little duty is owed to trespassers. For example, if you have a hazardous condition in your back yard, like an open pit, and someone trespasses on your property, wanders into the pit and is injured, it is extremely unlikely that they would be able to recover damages from you, because they were not invited onto your property.
In general, property owners can only be held liable for hazardous conditions that they know about. If you are in a grocery store and someone spills a bottle of oil on the floor, if you slip and fall immediately after the spill, before any employee could have seen it, you would have a hard time prevailing in a premises liability lawsuit.
Although a slip and fall accident can happen for any reason, there are a few common safety hazards that commonly cause accidents and injury, including:
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you are probably more focused on your recovery than any future legal claim that you may bring. However, there are some steps that you should take to preserve your ability to bring a successful claim.
In New Jersey, slip and fall accident victims may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of future earnings, repair or replacement of any property (such as clothing) destroyed in the fall, lost wages for time off of work, permanent disability and disfigurement damages, emotional distress, and any other costs incurred by the accident.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by a property owner’s negligence, we can pursue a premises liability claim on your behalf, so that you can focus on what really matters – your recovery. To schedule a free consultation, call an experienced Haddon Heights slip and fall lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas J. Gosse at 856-546-6600 to discuss your case for free. You can also submit an online contact form. Our Haddon Heights office is conveniently located to clients in Camden County, Burlington County, and surrounding areas.