New Jersey Slip and Fall Attorneys- Client Reviews
Slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere and cause serious injuries that may not become apparent for days or weeks afterward. These accidents are often the result of a property owner’s failure to keep walkways clear and safe.
If you or someone you love was harmed in a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible to pursue compensation to help cover mounting medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses. Our experienced New Jersey slip and fall lawyers are ready to help determine your potential legal options.
Lynch Law Firm has been protecting the rights of injury victims for over two decades, having successfully recovered more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. This includes $1,500,000 for the victim of a slip and fall. Partner James Lynch is currently the First Vice-President of The New Jersey Association for Justice. Partner Arthur Lynch is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a civil trial attorney.
Contact our firm today for a free case review. There is no obligation to retain our services. We work on a contingency fee basis and do not charge any legal fees unless you recover compensation.
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How Do I Know If I Have a Slip and Fall Case?
Many different factors must be taken into consideration, which is why it is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer. Our legal team is prepared to review your situation in a free consultation to determine if you may have a valid case. To recover maximum compensation, slip and fall victims generally must prove the following:
- The existence of a dangerous condition on the property
- The property owner knew or reasonably should have known that a dangerous condition existed
- The owner of the property had reasonable time to address the dangerous condition or warn visitors about the foreseeable risks, but failed to act
- Due to this negligence, you were injured and suffered damages
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Determining Liability for Your Injuries
Under New Jersey law, a property owner is legally responsible for the proper maintenance and safety of his or her property, land, building or residence. When property owners fail to uphold these obligations and an injury occurs, they may be held liable for any resulting damages.
However, it is important to note that your legal status at the time of the slip and fall accident could impact your claim for compensation. Visitors are generally categorized as follows:
Property owners who invite people to enter their property for business purposes are held to the highest duty of care. An invitee could include retail, restaurant or grocery store customers and maintenance workers. A property owner is required to make regular inspections to look for hazards, place adequate warning signs addressing possible dangers, as well as make corrections within a reasonable time frame.
A licensee is anyone who has permission from the owner to enter the property for non-business purposes, such as social guests. In most situations, property owners are not required to inspect their premises for hidden dangers. They do have a duty to provide a warning or make a condition reasonably safe if they knew or should have known that a danger existed. What is considered reasonable may vary.
A trespasser is anyone who enters and remains on the property without the owner’s permission. The only duty property owners owe to trespassers is refraining from intentionally causing harm. There could be exceptions that exist if the trespasser is a child. For instance, the property owner may be held liable if a child is injured because the property owner did not eliminate known dangers or install proper safeguards.
Although these cases seem straightforward, they can be complex and require an experienced team of legal professionals. At Lynch Law Firm, we know what it takes to establish liability after a slip and fall.
Why Should I Hire a Slip and Fall Lawyer?
Hiring a slip and fall lawyer could be beneficial to your potential case. Victims who seek legal representation often obtain more compensation than those who do not. A New Jersey slip and fall lawyer from our firm is ready to help you build a strong case for compensation by doing the following:
- Fully investigating the accident to determine the hazard that caused you harm
- Gathering photos, video surveillance, maintenance reports and other evidence to prove negligence
- Reviewing your medical records to assess the extent and severity of your injuries
- Consulting with accident reconstruction experts and medical experts to determine why the slip and fall happened and how your injuries have impacted your work and personal life
- Interviewing witnesses who may have seen the slip and fall and can provide unique insight
- Requesting information regarding accident history to see if the property has had prior incidents
- Negotiating for fair and just compensation from the insurance company on your behalf
We are also prepared to head to court if it is necessary. Our lawyers know the best approach for handling the following kinds of legal arguments in these cases:
- The dangerous condition should have been obvious to you
- You were not paying attention while walking around the property
- The area of the property you were in was off limits to visitors
- You were not wearing the proper footwear while on the property
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Compensation Available for Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can cause a variety of injuries, depending on how the victim fell and landed. Injuries to the back, neck and spine often happen, resulting in costly ongoing medical care.
The forms of compensation you may be eligible to recover will be based on your circumstances, from the seriousness of your injury to treatments received and anticipated recovery time.
The compensation available could include:
- Past, current and future medical expenses
- Loss of income and future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering, both physical and mental
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation services
- Loss of consortium with a spouse or partner
If you do share some responsibility for the slip and fall, the amount of compensation awarded would be reduced based on your percentage of fault. This is in accordance with New Jersey’s comparative negligence rule. You will not be barred from compensation, provided you are not more than 50 percent to blame for the accident.
Deadline for Taking Legal Action in New Jersey
New Jersey has a statute of limitations or time limit to take legal action against a property owner. For most personal injury cases, include slip and falls, you typically have two years from the date of the accident. Failure to file before the two years are up will likely result in a court dismissal.
There are, however, exceptions that may extend this deadline. For instance, if you sustained property damage after the slip and fall, perhaps an expensive piece of jewelry was broken, the deadline to take legal action against a negligent property owner may be no later than six years from the accident date.
We recommend speaking with a licensed New Jersey slip and fall attorney at Lynch Law Firm as soon as possible to evaluate if your deadline to file has passed.
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Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Slips and falls can happen on public and private property. When it comes to dangerous conditions, there are three types of accidents one can encounter:
- Slip and fall – When an individual falls after slipping on a slippery or wet surface
- Trip and fall – When an individual encounters a foreign object that obstructs their path
- Step and fall – When a person steps into an unforeseen opening or hole in the ground
With over two decades of experience helping injury victims throughout New Jersey and the New York metro area, we are ready to act against different property owners, including those operating:
- Apartment buildings
- Retail stores
- Garages and parking lots
- Office buildings
- Sports stadiums and arenas
- Public areas
- Private residences
- Movie theatres
- Construction sites
- Hotels and resorts
- Nursing homes
Some of the most common hazards that may result from property negligence include:
- Failure to remove snow or ice from a walkway
- Slippery floors caused by wet spills or slick surfaces
- Broken steps or railings on a stairwell
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Uneven surfaces, such as torn carpeting or potholes
- Construction-related debris
- Inadequate lighting in walkways
- Cluttered hallways, aisles or walkways
- Unstable surfaces, such as broken tiles or floorboards
Property owners who fail to properly post signs or warn visitors about a potentially hazardous or dangerous situation should be held accountable for their actions.
Contact a New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer at Lynch Law Firm to discuss your legal options. We are dedicated to helping you get maximum compensation for your injuries and damages. We have recovered hundreds of millions in compensation on behalf of our clients.
An initial consultation is 100 percent free with no obligation to hire our firm, but if you do, there are no upfront fees involved. We also charge no fees while we work on your potential case.
Our office is located less than two miles away from the Hackensack University Medical Center.