Compensation May Be Available.
We believe that you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. In a personal injury lawsuit, accident victims like you can pursue valuable financial compensation for a wide range of injuries and financial losses, including:
- medical expenses related to the fall, including surgical bills and ongoing physical therapies
- lost wages and loss of future earning potential
- pain and suffering
New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have strong histories of civil law, traditions that afford victims of negligence the powerful right to pursue compensation. If you were injured, if you can no longer work, there is hope. Let our experienced slip and fall attorneys guide you. We have the experience and resources you need to win.
How Slip & Fall Lawsuits Work
In legal circles, slip and fall accidents fall under the category of "premises liability" claims. Commercial and residential property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. This duty extends from the common areas of apartment buildings and condominiums to the sidewalks outside of a residence. It covers railings and stairways, floors in convenience stores and elevators in office buildings.
When you enter a commercial or residential property, you have the right to a reasonable expectation that the property and premises have been maintained in a reasonably safe manner. This is your right as a resident of New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania or New Jersey. In many cases, your right even extends to the sidewalks outside residential and commercial properties, where property owners are also obligated to maintain safe conditions.
Again, property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of visitors, guests and customers.
What Is Property Owner Negligence?
When a property owner fails to uphold this obligation, allowing their property to fall into disrepair, or failing to address obvious safety hazards, they have been negligent. Negligence is a core legal concept, especially when it comes to slip and fall accidents.
In principle, negligence refers to the careless disregard for the safety and wellbeing of others, but the concept also recognizes that certain individuals and establishments have a duty of care to other people. Under the principles of civil law, residential and commercial property owners owe a duty of care to their guests, residents, visitors and customers.
Common Slip & Fall Hazards
In practice, residential and commercial property owners are obligated to address safety hazards in a reasonable amount of time, lest their guests, residents, visitors and customers are injured due to the hazard.
At convenience and big box stores, spills should be cleaned up in an adequate amount of time. In apartment buildings, broken stairs and rickety railings should be repaired rapidly to prevent injuries. Parking lots should deal with icy and snowy conditions in a timely manner. Shopping mall escalators should be fixed as soon as possible.
Other slip and fall hazards include:
- debris on a floor, such as spilled groceries at a supermarket
- cluttered hallways in an apartment building
- stairways with broken railings
- floors that are wet without proper warnings
- uneven surfaces, including holes in concrete floors and broken stairs
- poorly-lit areas
- unsafe working conditions, including in construction zones
When property owners fail to address these potential hazards in a timely manner, victims can suffer severe injuries in a slip and fall accident. While every slip and fall accident is different, our experienced attorneys have encountered a high rate of the following injuries:
- broken bones, such as wrist, hand, finger, elbow, ankle and leg
- chronic neck pain
- back injuries, including herniated discs
- scarring and lacerations
- severe head injuries
- permanent spinal cord injuries
- soft tissue injuries, such as torn ligaments
These injuries can be devastating. Many slip and fall victims find themselves unable to work; others will be left with permanent impairments. Medical expenses can mount quickly, leaving some families facing bankruptcy or worse, even as their loved one struggles to deal with the depression and hopelessness of recovering from a severe medical condition.
Holding Property Owners Accountable
Thankfully, negligent property owners in New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey can be held accountable for their wrongdoing in a private civil lawsuit. If your slip and fall accident was the result of a property owner's negligence, you may have the right to file suit for significant financial damages. As slip and fall attorneys, we've seen just about every type of slip and fall accident you can imagine, from minor trips over uneven pavement to major falls on ice-covered sidewalks. Most of these accidents come down to negligence.
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Were you or a loved one injured in a slip and fall lawsuit in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York or New Jersey? The experienced attorneys at Justice Guardians can help. We have the experience and resources you need to secure compensation. We believe that you deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Our compassionate lawyers are here to help.
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