Don’t Let Negligent Property Owners Off the Hook for Slip & Fall Injuries; Call a Personal Injury Lawyer in NJ or PA
You have a right to expect that the owners of restaurants, retail stores, malls, and any other public building will maintain the property in a safe and secure manner. However, some property owners shirk their responsibilities and fail to inspect their premises. Worse yet, these property owners sometimes fail to warn visitors of potential safety hazards even after they are made aware of the dangers. The unfortunate result of this property owner negligence could be a serious slip-and-fall accident.
When a property owner fails to adequately inspect their premises or warn visitors of potential safety hazards, the property owner needs to be held accountable. Profits should never come before the safety of patrons.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you deserve justice. Since any kind of personal injury can interrupt your life, forcing you to take time off of work, lose pay and rack up medical bills, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced NJ personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Craig A. Altman today. We will fight to get you compensated for your medical fees, pain and suffering, and more.
Property Owners Have a Duty to Warn Visitors of Potential Dangers
Homeowners, business owners, landlords, location managers, security subcontractors, and government agencies are potentially liable for injuries caused on their premises. The duty of these property owners is two-fold:
- they must remove unsafe conditions on the property, and
- they must warn visitors of dangers on the property.
Additionally, certain property owners have heightened obligations under premises liability law. Although all property owners have a legal duty to warn visitors of dangers, commercial property owners owe a higher duty than single-family residential property owners. This is because commercial property owners may be held responsible for accidents caused by “natural” conditions such as something weather-related.
Commercial property owners must never be allowed to put their own profits ahead of the safety of others.
Locations and Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
- Private property owners who fail to quickly clear snow or ice on their sidewalks are potentially liable when a visitor or passerby slips and falls. Additionally, private property owners need to protect passersby against trip-and-fall injuries causes by a cracked sidewalk.
- Construction sites are particularly likely to have unsafe structural conditions, such as unsecured scaffolding, that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents.
- Owners and operators of commercial establishments, such as malls, need to constantly keep up with maintenance of the premises. Failure to do this can lead to slip-and-fall accidents on unsafe elevators or malfunctioning escalators.
- Owners of office buildings have an obligation to ensure that stairwells are sufficiently lit so that workers do not slip and fall.
- Convenience stores and stand-alone pharmacies, such as Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens, have heavy foot traffic and customers are often in a hurry to come and go.
- A slip & fall can happen anytime, anywhere. If you fall, call us to find out whether or not you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries.
Slip & Fall Accidents Cause Severe Personal Injuries and Even Death
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, a negligent property owner is potentially liable for all of the damages in your case, including:
- Medical bills for treatment of broken bones
- Future medical care to treat brain and spinal injuries
- Compensation for permanent scarring
- Permanent disability compensation
- Wrongful death compensation
- Lost wages
What Should You Do If You Are Injured in a Slip-and-Fall Accident in PA or South Jersey?
Certainly, your health and welfare are the most important things right now. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, seek immediate medical attention. Make sure that you are treated for any injuries that you’ve suffered. Also, try to get copies of your medical records. However, if possible, prior to leaving the scene of the slip-and-fall, you should also try to:
Preserve evidence. Record the condition of the property at the time of incident, just in case the property owner later repairs the hazard.
Take many photographs. When it comes to personal injury lawsuits, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Take photos of anything that could be useful in determining liability in your case, including the property itself, signs warning of dangers in the area (or lack thereof) and your injuries.
Write down witness information. Get the contact information of anyone who saw you slip and fall.
Inform the property owner of the accident. It is also crucial that you contact a premises liability lawyer who will fight tirelessly to make sure that you are compensated for your injuries.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Property owners need to be held accountable for their failures. If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and suffered an injury as a result, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney who will fight to get you compensated. If your injuries are severe, the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman can help you rebuild your life. We are seasoned personal injury lawyers with decades of experience in courtrooms in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, as well as in South Jersey. Additionally, we have a history of successful negotiations with insurance companies, so you know that we will not let a negligent property owner off the hook.
We always handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis; this means we don’t get paid unless we win your case. Call us today, or use our online contact form to schedule a free, in-person consultation.