Asbury Park Slip and Fall Lawyers
Asbury Park is a sought-after, resort-like town, frequented by many New Jersey residents and visitors every summer. Located only 50 miles from New York, and being one of the first exits off the New Jersey Garden State Parkway on the way “down the shore,” Asbury Park offers beautiful beaches, artwork, and platforms for groundbreaking musicians such as Bruce Springsteen. Additionally, the city’s boardwalk spans for miles and provides 320,000 square feet of restaurants, retailers, and opportunities for entertainment. Unfortunately, along with the excitement that this travel destination has to offer, injuries from slip and falls and other accidents can, and do, occur in the bustling shore town. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Asbury Park, NJ, and you suspect the incident happened because of a negligent property owner, manager, or another party who was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation. If you need assistance with a slip and fall case in Asbury Park, New Jersey, you’ve come to the right place. Call (732) 303-7857 for a free consultation with an experienced Asbury Park slip and fall attorney at our firm. We are happy to review your case free of charge and discuss your potential grounds for a lawsuit. You can also contact us to set up an appointment at our local offices in Monmouth County.
Slip and Fall Accidents in Asbury Park, New Jersey
Negligence is the failure of a person to act as a reasonable person would. In cases involving property, the owner of the property has the legal duty to maintain the property in a safe condition. If a condition exists that makes the property dangerous to an invited guest or patron, the owner could be liable. For example, in Asbury Park, you may decide to go grocery shopping, visit an art gallery, or shop along the boardwalk. In doing so, you are likely traversing floors, sidewalks, parking lots, the boardwalk, and utilizing staircases. If the property owner fails to maintain those areas, and said failure to do so causes you to fall, he or she may be found negligent. There are any number of ways a person can be injured under these circumstances.
For example, grocery stores often have wet floors that contribute to falls. In many instances, these falls could have been prevented had the store implemented a standard store protocol in cleaning up spills and warning guests of slippery areas. Similarly, a fall due to a wobbly or broken handrail may have been prevented by general inspections, maintenance, and repair. A more type of common fall occurs due to uneven sidewalk surfaces or broken boardwalk pieces, many of which the owner knew of, or had reason to know of, and failed to repair.
The examples above are causes for accidents that could have been eliminated had the owners of the property properly maintained the premises. Business owners, property managers, and people who own property or businesses that are open to the public must take necessary steps to prevent such hazardous conditions. For example, a tripping hazard can be eliminated through regular inspections and timely repair. Similarly, owners can avoid violations of premises liability law by keeping their properties up to code. When a property owner fails to do so and someone is injured, they may be sued for compensation.
Notice of Potential Hazards in Asbury Park
Sometimes, owners are put on notice about dangerous conditions and fail to act. For example, in the case of a handrail, it is likely that the owner or property manager treks the same path as patrons in reaching the premises. In this situation, the owner or manager would have undoubtedly noticed the broken railing and should have repaired it, a failed act which may be considered negligence under the law. The same holds true for an uneven sidewalk, as it is clearly visible and would have the potential to cause many people to trip.
An easier way to determine if the property owner was put on notice of the potentially hazardous situation is to check with the Asbury Park Department of Code Enforcement and inquire as to whether there were any violations of the Property Maintenance Code. The enforcement agency requires that all properties maintain such things as roofs, sidewalks, doors, electrical items and more. The office issues violation notices and permits the owners time to correct the violation(s). If the property continues to present a hazard to the public, an innocent person may be injured and the owner will be liable.
What Injuries Result from Asbury Park Slip and Falls?
Common injuries sustained in slip and fall cases include: sprains and fractures, bruises, lacerations, shoulder injuries, back/neck/disc injuries, brain injuries and concussions, and hip and joint fractures. Many of these injuries take substantial time to heal; they may even be permanent.
What Does an Asbury Park Slip & Fall Settlement Include?
Anyone who has been injured in a slip and fall in Asbury Park, NJ may be entitled to a financial recovery for:
- Medical expenses for any medical bills or treatment related to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages from missed work, past and future employment losses
- Overall expenses
- Punitive damages, like monetary damages for intentional wrongdoing (ordered as punishment)
Injured in a Slip & Fall in Asbury Park NJ?
If you or a loved one slipped and fell in Asbury Park and you believe your injuries should have been prevented, contact our office today. We will review your case and determine who is a fault for your injuries. If you have justification for a claim, we will aggressively litigate your slip and fall claim against any negligent party in pursuit of the compensation you deserve. Contact us now at (732) 303-7857 to speak with one of our seasoned Asbury Park slip and fall injury lawyers free of charge.
- Property Code Enforcement Resources, City of Asbury Park