Monmouth County Slip and Fall Attorney
Monmouth County, New Jersey is centrally located in New Jersey and is home to many businesses. Those business include both retail and commercial spaces. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident in Monmouth County contact our Monmouth County slip and fall accident attorneys today. Our attorneys aggressively represent individuals who have been injured by a slip and fall accident throughout Monmouth County.
Types of Monmouth County Slip and Fall Accidents
There are many different types of slip and fall accidents which occur in Monmouth County. Some of those include a slip and fall on ice, a fall at a supermarket or a fall at a worksite. Property owners in Monmouth County have a very specific duty to make sure their premises are safe and free from dangers. Under New Jersey law, the owner and or operator of a commercial establishment must take steps to ensure that their premises are safe and free from hazards. That duty includes the duty to inspect the premises, parking lots and any other areas they control for any hazards and additionally to make repairs to any known hazards. Finally, property owners and commercial establishments must warn of any potential dangers that are unavoidable.
The duty of a commercial property owner in Monmouth County not only includes the property in which the establishment is located, it also includes the adjacent sidewalks to the commercial property. In other words, a commercial property owner or commercial establishment must inspect and repair any defects that occur on the sidewalks around the building. If the property owner or establishment fails to do this and someone is injured, the commercial property owner or establishment may be held liable for the injuries the person suffers.
Proving A Monmouth County Slip and Fall Claim
In order to prove a Monmouth County slip and fall accident, a plaintiff or injured person must establish that the commercial property owner had a duty to make sure their premises was safe, they breached that duty and as a result of that breach they were injured or damaged under the law. Most often, a duty and a breach of duty is shown by demonstrating that the commercial property owner either knew or should have known about a hazard of defect and they did not repair or warn of the defect. This can be shown through photographs that were taken at the scene, surveillance videos, the testimony of witnesses who were present at the scene and in some cases expert witnesses who will offer expert opinions about what the property owners did, what they did not do and finally how their conduct compares to the typical acceptable standards of other property owners or establishments. If a fall is captured by a surveillance video it may be critical to send out notices and letters to the property owners, so the videos are preserved. Additionally, it may also be critical to send out investigators to take statements after the accident occurred. It is therefore important to contact an experienced attorney if you are involved in a Monmouth County slip and fall accident.
Overcoming Comparative Fault in a Monmouth County Slip and Fall Case
New Jersey employs a legal concept called “modified comparative fault” in slip and fall and other personal injury cases. That means that your potential money damages will be reduced by the percentage, if any, that you are found to be at fault for your accident. For example, if you walked right past a “wet floor” or “icy sidewalk” sign before you fell and hurt yourself, or if you were wearing flip flops in a snow storm before you fell, you may be found by a judge or jury to be partially responsible for your accident.
If you are found to be less than 50% responsible, any economic and noneconomic damages you may recover (for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, etc.) will be reduced by the percentage that you are found to be at fault. Your lawyer can help you determine that likelihood that you may recover damages based on your specific situation and provide the most compelling counter-claim to any comparative fault claim raised by the defendant in your case. This is essential in order to recover maximum compensation.
Potential Injuries from a Monmouth County Slip and Fall Accident
No specific type of injury always results from a slip and fall accident however in many circumstances, injuries from a slip and fall accident can be severe. Those injuries can include head injuries, spine injuries, trimalleolar ankle fractures and in some circumstances wrongful death. In some circumstances injuries from a Monmouth County slip and fall accident can be permanent and can significantly alter the injured person’s life.
Contact our Monmouth County Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Monmouth County slip and fall accident contact our Monmouth County slip and fall attorneys today. Our lawyers are aggressive trial attorneys who are ready and willing to represent you. Our lawyers are committed to helping you if you are injured in a slip and fall accident.