Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in New Jersey

Fallen ManWhen you hear the term “slip and fall” in reference to an accident, do you tend to picture the event as no big deal – just a matter of clumsiness – and believe that it’s unlikely that any kind of real injury occurred? The truth is that slip and fall accidents happen every day, and can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal. Slip and falls are responsible for the majority of industrial accidents and represent 15% of accidental deaths, and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over one million Americans in the general population suffer an injury from a slip, trip or fall accident every single year. Of that number, twenty to thirty percent will suffer a moderate to severe injury such as a head injury or hip fracture, with the most fractures impacting the spin, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. They are also the single most common cause of traumatic brain injury. Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, including your home, your workplace, or out in public, and are frequently cause by dangerous conditions created by somebody else’s negligence. If you or someone you love has suffered a slip and fall accident in New Jersey and you believe that the condition that led to your injury was caused by somebody’s negligence, then call the personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard M. Josselson – you may be eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit to recover the expenses and damages that you suffered.

There are many different causes of slip and fall accidents in New Jersey, and when the cause was created by the owner or manager of a property, or they knew (or should have known) about the condition and failed to correct it, then they may be held legally responsible for the end results, including your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in New Jersey include:

• Torn carpeting or loose floorboards
• Changes in flooring
• Poor lighting
• Narrow or defective stairs
• Wet floors
• Cracked public sidewalks
• Potholes
• Hidden hazards
• Debris
• Ice or snow

The existence of a hazard or negligent situation does not automatically entitle you to file a lawsuit. You must have suffered an injury, and you must be able to prove that the property owner’s actions were unreasonable. Reasonableness is often determined by the amount of time that the situation existed, whether the property owner regularly maintains their property, whether there was a legitimate reason for the cause of your accident to be where it was, and whether you acted reasonably when you encountered the situation.

If you have suffered a slip and fall injury in New Jersey and are interested in discussing your rights and whether you are eligible to file a premises liability lawsuit, contact the Law Offices of Richard M. Josselson today to set up an appointment to discuss your case. We will listen carefully and answer all of your questions, providing you with the information that you need.

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