New Jersey Slip and Fall Laws and Compensation
When one is involved in a slip and fall accident due to a negligent or hazardous condition on a property, it may cause physical, emotional, and financial harm. According to New Jersey Statute 2A:14-2, an individual has two (2) years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the property owner.
If a business owner fails to fix or warn others about a hazardous condition, they may be responsible for injuries or damages caused by said condition. For slip and fall claims, you must prove that the business property owner was negligent and that the conditions that caused the fall was a dangerous condition. Conditions may include:
- Poor flooring.
- Low lit areas.
- Weather conditions.
- Wet floor.
- Not clean or appropriately marked areas.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to post a warning about any hazard on the premises or repair dangerous conditions.
If an individual files an injury claim against a property owner, the property owner will try to argue that the individual had some responsibility for the slip and fall. The owner may claim that the claimant was not paying attention or that his/her footwear was inappropriate for the property or activity. Business owners may also argue that the hazardous condition was marked correctly or should have been evident that there existed a dangerous condition. If the property owner can prove that the injured individual’s own negligence is somewhat to blame, that will decrease the amount in damages.
Determining how much your slip and fall claim is worth is dependent on various factors, including:
- Medical bills for current and future treatment related to the slip and fall.
- The amount of pain and suffering endured, which depends on how severe and permanent the injuries are.
- A loss of earning capacity due to the severity of the injuries that may leave you with the inability to earn as much prior to the accident.
- Lost wages due to missing work from your injuries.
- Additional expenses incurred, including traveling expenses to various medical professionals.
At the Law Offices of George Christopoulos, our New Jersey slip and fall attorneys will fight to help individuals obtain full and fair compensation for their injuries and expenses incurred. We understand that dealing with a slip and fall accident may be difficult and complicated; however, we will be there for you every step of the way to ensure that you obtain the justice you deserve. Contact us immediately if you have been seriously injured for a free consultation.