If you’ve been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be overwhelmed with medical and financial concerns. At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, our injury lawyers in Rockland County have a proven track record of recovering compensation for injuries like yours. We provide large-firm, full-service quality legal work for a broad range of clients. We are big enough to do it all and small enough to care.
You should not have to bear the burden of a property owner’s negligence and noncompliance with basic safety standards. Your physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being are our priority. Enlist the help of a tireless advocate who will go the extra mile to fight for justice and your rights under the law.
What you need to know about liability
A premises liability lawsuit holds a property owner responsible for damages caused by an injury. In New Jersey, owners are obligated to thoroughly inspect their grounds to ensure that there are no defects or hazards.
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents occur regularly. Common causes include the following:
- Torn carpeting
- Cluttered floors
- Loose floorboards
- Parking lot potholes
- Defective sidewalks
- Poorly constructed staircases
- Recently waxed floors
- Recently mopped floors
- Loose mats
- Moisture collection
- Exposed wiring
- Inadequate lighting
Slip and falls can happen in any environment, whether a grocery store or visiting a commercial property, industrial area, or public place. However, one fact remains: people at the highest level of organizations are required to prioritize the well-being of their employees, patrons, invitees, and anyone else on a property—as long as they are not trespassing.
Commonalities in injuries and injury claims
According to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials directly contribute to over two million slip and fall injuries yearly. Fractures are among the most common in a slip and fall accident. Hip fractures are among the most serious—they can lead to many related health problems and, in some cases, death. Moreover, there is a slip-and-fall crisis that affects the elderly population, as each year in the United States, one in every three people over the age of 65 will experience a fall.
Perhaps you have experienced a slip-and-fall on the job. You’re not alone. It is one of the most common workers’ compensation claims and is the primary cause of occupational injury for individuals over 55. In fact, 85% of workers’ compensation claims result from employees slipping and falling.
What to do after a slip & fall accident
Evidence is essential in slip and fall cases. Your lawyer must prove that a property owner or manager was negligent in addressing dangerous conditions they knew about or should’ve known. In other words, they did not repair the hazard nor warn people about the inherent risks.
Slip and fall victims should take pictures or videos. Thanks to the technology of smartphones–locations, dates, and times are meticulously recorded. It’s best if you can take photos of the scene of the slip and fall accident from different angles so that the property location is obvious.
Witness testimonies are also helpful. Identify people who saw you fall, were involved in building, repair, or maintenance, or frequent the property and may have insight or knowledge about the premises. In addition to other people’s testimonies, it is crucial that you write down the most accurate possible recollection of the incident. Consider documenting the impact that the injury has on your day-to-day life.
We know this can sound overwhelming. When you reach out to our Rockland County slip & fall injury lawyers, we will help gather any evidence you have and find other sources, e.g., CCTV video.
Contact our Rockland County Slip and Fall Lawyers for a free consultation
We take our clients’ experiences very seriously. We are dedicated to your well-being and want to see that you are compensated for the pain, inconvenience, and overall impact of your slip and fall injury. Reach out today and schedule an appointment to confer with one of our knowledgeable and sympathetic Rockland Country attorneys–there is no obligation to hire us afterward. And since we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for your injuries. We look forward to hearing from you.