Fighting for Maximum Compensation for Slips & Falls on Ice in NJ
New Jersey is sometimes a very cold place. Snowstorms frequently close roads, schools, and shops. This freezing weather can make going outside in the winter hazardous, whether you’re out shopping, seeing a movie, or otherwise walking on sidewalks, in parking lots, or anywhere else. Though the accumulation of ice is a natural phenomenon, a commercial property owner not only has a duty to remove ice that has accumulated on their premises, the property owner also has a duty to inspect his or her premises to ensure that ice has not accumulated. If the property owner fails to remove and or salt known icy surfaces, or fails to inspect the premises to determine if ice exists, and a result of this failure someone is hurt, the property owner may be responsible. If you slipped and fell due to ice and snow in New Jersey, and a business owner should have protected you against unreasonably dangerous conditions like ice on their property, you may grounds for a legal claim. Finding an experienced New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer is imperative when you are considering bringing a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has slipped and fell on ice because a commercial property owner or retail establishment failed to remove the ice, call our NJ personal injury law firm immediately. The lawyers at our firm have extensive experience with slip and fall accidents involving ice in New Jersey and we can help. Whether you were injured on ice or snow in Monmouth County, Ocean County, Atlantic County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, or elsewhere in New Jersey, contact us now at 732-825-6120 to find out how we can help you successfully recover compensation for injuries caused by a landowner’s failure to remove ice.
Obligation to Remove Ice and Snow in New Jersey
Under the law in the state of New Jersey, an individual or company who owns a commercial and or retail establishment has a duty to remove ice and snow from their premises in order to ensure that an individual does not slip and fall on ice. Specifically, premises liability law requires commercial property owners to keep the sidewalks outside their property reasonably free of dangerous defects or conditions. This includes removing snow and ice from the sidewalk.
Business and commercial property owners obviously benefit from having sidewalks in front of their businesses, and the additional foot traffic they provide. With this in mind, these parties are responsible for maintaining the safety of the sidewalk outside of their business in the winter and all year. The duties of removing ice and snow from a commercial establishment are mostly that of common sense but in some instances, an expert witness and or expert testimony may be necessary to explain the duties of ice and snow removal. If this is the case, our team will hire the appropriate expert to ensure that your case has the best chance for a positive result.
In some slip and fall on ice cases, the defense may attempt to accuse the plaintiff or the injured person of being contributorily negligent. Contributory negligence means that the plaintiff in some way contributed to, or caused the slip and fall on ice. Our experienced lawyers use all of the knowledge and resources at our disposal to aggressively refute these claims.
Injuries from Slips & Falls on Ice
Accidents related to unreasonably dangerous snow and ice on sidewalks or other property can cause serious injuries or even death. You can injure your wrists, ankles, back, neck, and many other parts of your body if you slip and fall on ice or snow that should have been removed from a sidewalk, parking lot, or other area. Broken bones, including ankle fractures such as a trimalleolar ankle fracture, are common injuries which occur from a slip and fall on ice. It is always extremely important to seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible after being involved in an accident. There are some injuries that you may feel immediately, while others may exist under the surface and cause serious problems if left unaddressed. If able, you should also take photographs of the ice and snow covering the path and take down the names of any witnesses who saw you slip and fall. These types of evidence can be invaluable to support your claim for financial compensation.
Available Damages for Slip and Fall on Ice Victims in NJ
If you are walking to or from a commercial property of any kind in New Jersey, the property owner has failed to keep the sidewalk reasonably clear of ice and snow, and you are injured as a result, you may be able to recover financial compensation from the property owner. As mentioned, it is their responsibility to manage or remove hazardous ice and snow, and they are thus liable for your injuries if they fail to uphold this duty of care.
If you win a claim against the business in court, you can be compensated for your medical bills, any time lost from work, loss of future income if you are unable to maintain your current position, the costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy, and other economic damages. You can also recover money for your pain and suffering, known as noneconomic damages.
Our Attorneys can Help if You Slipped & Fell on Ice in New Jersey
If you would like to speak with one of our attorneys about your slip and fall on ice, you should speak with an attorney right away. Our highly skilled NJ Slip and Fall on Ice Lawyers represents individuals who have slipped and fell on ice in Toms River, Freehold, New Brunswick, Edison, Trenton, and throughout New Jersey. Call 732-825-6120 or contact us online to discuss your case. We provide free consultations.