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slip and fall accident attorneyEveryone has been clumsy at times and you have no one other than yourself to blame for that occasional slip, trip or fall.  There are thousands of individuals who suffer serious injuries as a result of slip and falls.  Slip and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in America.  They account for an estimated 18,000.00 deaths every year.

But when personal clumsiness on someone else’s property is not to blame, usually property owner or property manager negligence is.  If you have suffered a serious personal injury due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, our New Jersey Slip & Fall Law Firm can get serious compensation for your injuries.

Detrimental hazards on property include:

  • Torn carpeting
  • Broken steps
  • Cracks in sidewalks
  • Poor lighting
  • Spilled liquids or debris
  • Uneven flooring
  • Ice or snow
  • Parking lot potholes
  • Mossy stairways

Where do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in New Jersey?

Slip and fall accidents are so common that they occur almost anywhere.  However, the majority of slip and fall accidents occur in big box commercial stores.  A big box (superstore or mega store) is a tremendously large retail establishment, usually part of a chain.  They are typically large, free standing, rectangular, single floor structures that are built on a concrete slab.  Floor space of these stores is generally more than 50,000 square feet.

Some examples of big box stores include the following: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble and Best Buy.  A big box retail store like the ones mentioned have a high number of slip and fall accidents.  The reason being that these types of stores attract thousands of customers on a daily basis.  The tremendous size and sheer volume of people who enter these stores increases the risks that an accident, such as a slip and fall, will occur in the store.

Often times, as a result of the size of the store, an employee may not recognize a danger that exists, such as packaging improperly secured on a top shelf or a product spill on the floor that goes unnoticed for an long period of time.

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Types of Injuries Suffered as a Result of a Slip and Fall

The most common type of injury that one suffers after a slip and fall is a result of the traumatic impact on the human body from falling to the ground.  Such an impact can cause broken bones, spinal cord damage, neck and shoulder injuries, a fractured pelvis and even brain injuries.

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall

If you have been hurt as a result of a slip and fall accident at a big commercial store such as Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Costco, Target, Kmart or any other, it will be required that you demonstrate that the store was negligent before you recover any damages for your injuries.  Immediately after your fall you should take the following action:

  1. Seek medical attention for your injuries;
  2. If possible, determine the reason and or hazard that caused you to fall;
  3. If possible, take pictures of the dangerous condition that caused the accident.  If you do not have a camera or cell phone available with you to take pictures, ask an individual who witnessed the fall or the condition that caused the fall to take a picture for you;
  4. Report the accident.  Often the incident report will confirm that the accident occurred at the big box warehouse or commercial store.  It will also confirm the date and time of the incident, thereby preventing the store from claiming that the incident did not take place or that it did not take place in their store.
  5. Contact a New Jersey Slip & Fall Law Firm.  As with any personal injury case, it is important to contact an experienced attorney right away.  If a dangerous condition has caused an accident, a personal injury attorney will assign an investigator or engineer to determine whether or not the condition that caused the accident was unnecessarily dangerous.  Typically, the attorney’s investigator will initiate steps to preserve any evidence as well as identifying and taking statements from any witnesses who may have seen the accident.

When Property Owners are Liable

Under the law in New Jersey, property owners must maintain their property in a safe condition.  When they do not, the law protects personal injury victims by requiring that the negligent property owner compensate victims for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future income
  • Pain
  • Suffering

In order for the property owner to be responsible for the injuries suffered as a result of a slip and fall on their property, certain conditions must be met.  The owner or the owner’s employee must have caused the condition resulting in the injury, they were aware of the condition and a reasonable person would have or should have known about the condition and eliminated it.  To determine whether you may be successful in receiving compensation from a property owner for your injuries under New Jersey law, contact a Villani & DeLuca personal injury attorney today!

Contact a New Jersey Slip & Fall Law Firm at No Cost

If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury or died due to a slip and fall accident due to the owner’s negligence, schedule a free consultation with a Villani & DeLuca, P.C. personal injury lawyer by calling 732-965-3801.  We serve New Jersey clients in Toms River, Freehold, Brick, Manasquan and throughout the rest of Ocean County and Monmouth County.