Hackensack Slip and Fall Lawyer
A slip fall accident is a common term used to describe when someone slips, trips, or falls due to a dangerous or hazardous condition that exists on someone else’s property. Each year, slip and fall accidents are the cause of more than 1 million emergency room visits in the US. Slip and fall accident deaths rank second only to car accident deaths.
Slip and fall accidents can occur on or off the job, on private or residential property, inside or outside, in a commercial establishment or someone’s home. But, whenever a slip and fall accident is a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries and losses (damages) you sustain.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident in Hackensack, New Jersey, an experienced lawyer can help to protect your rights and determine who is liable for your damages. Call Bhatt Law Group at (201) 798-8000 to discuss the fact of your slip and fall case with an experienced Hackensack slip and fall lawyer.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
There are a variety of circumstances that can cause a slip and fall accident to occur. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents are as follows:
- Inadequate lighting
- Slippery substances on the floor
- Bad weather conditions
- Loose or torn carpet
- Uneven flooring, parking surfaces, or sidewalks
- Worn, broken, or missing steps and/or handrails
- Clutter and debris in aisles and walkways
The Property/Business Owner’s Duty to Warn
Property owners, business owners, and tenants have a duty to provide a safe environment for those who visit their property, by eliminating any dangerous conditions that exist and warning them of any hazardous conditions that may cause them to be injured. In order to establish the owner’s liability for your slip and fall accident, one of the following must be true:
- The property/business owner or an employee of theirs caused a dangerous condition to exist on the property.
- The property/business owner or an employee of theirs knew that the dangerous condition existed and did nothing to fix it or to protect others from being injured by it.
The property/business owner or an employee of theirs should have known of the dangerous condition because it existed long enough that a responsible property owner would have discovered it and corrected it. This is the most common situation and in these cases, a judge or jury will often have to determine whether the property/business owner had sufficient notice and time to actually take reasonable steps to prevent anyone from being injured.
Common Injuries Sustained in a Slip and Fall Accident
The type and severity of the injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents largely depend on how the fall occurred, the age of the victim, the height from which they fell, and the kind of surface underfoot. The most common injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident include:
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
- Hip Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Types of Damage in a Slip and Fall Case
Slip and fall cases can be especially difficult to prove. Often, it’s your word against theirs. But, if you can prove that some act (or failure to act) on the property/business owner or tenant caused the accident in which you were injured, they may be liable to compensate you for the following types of damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and permanent disability
- Loss of consortium
- Other out of pocket expenses
What To Do After Being Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident
When you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, one of the most important things you can do is find out what caused you to fall. Simply falling on someone else’s property does not obligate that property/business owner to compensate you whatsoever. Nevertheless, there are steps you can take to document evidence of your accident and strengthen your case:
1. Seek Medical Attention
In addition to evidence that shows the property/business owner’s liability, you will need evidence that shows the extent and severity of your injuries. So, if your injuries are serious, call an ambulance. For less serious injuries, see your own doctor as soon as possible, especially if you hit your head.
Obtain medical records that document your injuries and prognosis, as well as, any information regarding your treatment and any tests that were performed on you. Save and collect all records of your doctor appointments. Finally, if you are not able to work while you are recovering from your injuries, document and save any information pertaining to your loss of income.
2. Notify the Property/Business Owner
Report the incident to the property owner, business owner, or manager. Insist on creating an incident report and get a copy for yourself. This is important for two reasons:
- To make sure that no one else gets injured in the same way; and
- To get the accident officially documented.
3. Identify Witnesses
Get the contact information of anyone who may have been a witness to your fall. Whether they be passersby, onlookers, other guests, customers, or store clerks, ask them for their names, phone numbers, and addresses. If they are unwilling to provide you with all of those, collect from them as much contact information as you can.
4. Take Photos
Take photos to document the scene as best you can. Take pictures of any hazards that may have caused you to fall. If you have any visible injuries on your body, take pictures of those as well. In fact, take photos of anything that is relevant to your accident.
Finally, take note of your surroundings and look for surveillance cameras. You want to make sure that your attorney is made aware of any surveillance cameras that were in that area and may have recorded your fall.
5. Avoid Giving Any Written or Recorded Statements
Do not give any statement (formal or informal, written or recorded) to anyone who represents the property/business owner, unless instructed to do so by an experienced attorney.
Contact an Experienced Hackensack Slip and Fall Lawyer
Property owners, business owners, and tenants have a duty to keep their property free of any hazardous conditions and safe for all who visit. If they failed to protect you from any known hazards (or hazards that they should have known about), they may be held liable for any injuries you sustain as a result of these conditions.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Hackensack, New Jersey, contact Bhatt Law Group at (201) 798-8000 or send us a message via our contact form for a free case evaluation. We will be happy to discuss with you the circumstance involved in your slip and fall cases and your legal options.
Our Hackensack office is located at:
Bhatt Law Group
411 Hackensack Avenue, 2nd Fl.
Hackensack, NJ 07601