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Legal Recourse for Victims Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents

Some slip and fall accidents are minor mishaps, but many result in serious injuries. Knowing your rights and when to seek legal guidance from a slip and fall accident attorney are crucial first steps on the road to recovery and compensation.

When to Consider a Claim

Slip and fall legal help in NJNot every slip and fall results in a valid legal claim. Deciding to pursue litigation after a slip and fall accident involves careful consideration. Here’s what to assess:

  • Negligence: You must prove that the property owner was negligent for your claim to succeed. This means showing that they failed to maintain a reasonably safe environment, which led to the accident. Key factors include an unsafe condition, the property owner’s knowledge that it existed, and failure to warn visitors of the hazard.
  • Fault: Determining fault involves assessing whether the property owner or someone else directly contributed to the unsafe condition and the resulting accident. Even if you were partially to blame, you might still recover damages under the comparative fault rule, which allows compensation based on the degree of each party’s fault.
  • Injuries: The severity of your injuries and how they have impacted your life affect your potential compensation. Documenting your symptoms and treatment is crucial to establish the incident’s seriousness and correlation with your injuries.
  • Timeframe: You must act quickly due to the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Missing this deadline could forfeit your right to compensation.

What You Can Claim

If you decide to file a lawsuit, you might wonder what compensation is available. Here are the damages you can typically expect to recover:

  • Medical expenses: Compensation covers all health-related costs, both past and anticipated in the future.
  • Lost income: If your injuries prevent you from working, you can claim lost wages, including future earnings if you’re forced to take a lower-paying job or retire early​.
  • Pain and suffering: This covers physical pain and emotional distress endured due to the accident and subsequent recovery.
  • Reduced quality of life: If your injuries affect your ability to enjoy daily activities or maintain your current lifestyle, you may receive compensation for reduced quality of life.
  • Wrongful death: In fatal cases, the family of the deceased can seek damages for funeral costs, loss of financial support, and emotional suffering.

Think Twice Before Accepting a Quick Settlement

Insurance companies commonly offer a quick settlement after an accident. However, accepting this initial offer might be a mistake. Early offers often don’t fully account for all potential current and future expenses or losses, especially if the full extent of your injuries has not yet been realized.

Contact a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy, LLC is your source for exceptional legal representation. We understand the challenges you face following a slip and fall accident and will put our 70+ years of experience to work for you, gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and protecting your rights so you can focus on your recovery. To schedule a free, one-hour consultation at one of our five New Jersey offices, please contact us at 862-263-0770 today.

  • In 2022, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of 8 million dollars.
  • Discuss the firm's 2022 settlements.
  • Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
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