One of the most common forms of personal injury case is the slip and fall lawsuit. These forms of accidents are responsible for nearly 1 million emergency room visits every year, and are the leading cause of occupational injuries. When a business opens its doors to the public, it has a duty of responsibility to make sure the facility is safe. This means that owners and employees are required by law to promptly clean up spills, and address any hazardous conditions that may pose for injury. Unfortunately, these businesses do not always follow proper safety protocols – resulting in slip and fall accidents.
Slip and fall accidents generally lead to costly medical expenses and time away from work. In order to receive the compensation that you deserve, injured individuals need an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a Slip or Trip and Fall, there are some important and rather unique laws in New Jersey which will dictate whether or not you can bring a claim. Contrary to common perception, just because you are injured on someone else’s property does not mean that you have an unfettered right to make a claim. Before a claim can be made, you must prove that the owner either knew or should have known that the condition was there in the first place. This holds true regardless of what condition is in question. Nevertheless, the nature of the condition could prove a useful piece of evidence in determining whether the owner knew – or should have known – the condition preexisted the fall.