Kearny Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident in New Jersey, you may have grounds to file a premises liability claim. Property owners and occupiers have a legal responsibility to inspect their properties, repair hazards and warn visitors about any potential risks. The failure to do so can result in preventable slip and fall accidents.
The attorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC have been representing individuals and families throughout New Jersey since 1965. We know what it takes to pursue fair and full compensation for those injured in slip and fall accidents. Contact us today to find out how we can help you, beginning with a free consultation.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney for a Slip and Fall Accident Claim
Slip, trip and fall accident cases can be difficult to litigate. If your accident caused a soft-tissue injury, for example, it can be difficult to prove your injury due to a lack of hard evidence, such as x-rays. Insurance companies are often more stringent in their investigations of slip and fall accidents, as well, due to a high rate of fraudulent claims. For these reasons, it is generally in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent you during claim negotiations.
Your slip and fall accident attorney can thoroughly investigate your accident, gather evidence, and help you go up against a property owner or another party in pursuit of maximum compensation. A lawyer won’t allow an insurance company to take advantage of you. Your attorney can also help you move forward by giving you the peace of mind you need to focus on healing.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents in New Jersey?
Many slip and falls are not accidents at all. They are avoidable incidents that stem from a property owner or controller’s negligence (carelessness) in the care, maintenance or use of a property. A victim may slip due to a preventable hazard or property defect, such as:
- Wet or greasy floors
- Food debris or spilled drinks
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors without warning signs
- Environmental conditions, such as ice, rain or snow
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Flooring defects, such as cracks or dips
- Cluttered walkways or aisles
- Unsafe staircases
- Inadequate lighting
If the owner of the property, a store employee or another party reasonably could have prevented your recent slip and fall accident, you may have grounds to file a premises liability claim against that party in pursuit of fair financial compensation for your injuries and related expenses.
Do You Have Grounds for a Lawsuit?
Proving negligence in a premises liability case requires evidence that someone breached or violated the duty of care, and that this caused the accident. A duty of care is a legal responsibility to act in a reasonable and prudent manner. In a premises liability case, the duty of care is generally to inspect a property for unknown or new hazards, remedy discovered dangers, and warn visitors of lingering risks. The exact duties of care change, however, according to the type of visitor.
You may have grounds for a premises liability claim in New Jersey if you or your attorney can find evidence that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard that injured you, failed to take proper steps to repair it, and caused or contributed to your injury. Note, however, that you must have been classified as an invitee or licensee – and not a trespasser – at the time of your accident to qualify for compensation, unless you were under the age of 18.
Contact Our Kearny Slip and Fall Lawyers Today
Help is available if you suffered a serious injury in a slip and fall accident in Kearny or the surrounding areas. The attorneys at Brady Reilly & Cardoso, LLC have decades of experience helping clients with even the most complex personal injury cases. We can guide you through the legal process to help you move forward from the accident. Contact us at (201) 997-0030 today to schedule your free case evaluation.