Following an injury due to a slipping and falling accident, victims are likely to seek out resources that can educate them on the next steps to take. Those who were not yet aware will also quickly learn about the potential for financial compensation due to damages they may have suffered in the incident.
However, after many hours of research, victims will often still end up with the same question: "Who can be held responsible for my slip and fall injuries?"
Generally speaking, it's almost impossible to determine who is responsible for the hazard that caused your injury without doing a deep dive into the circumstances of the incident. This is exactly what our New Jersey slip and fall lawyers do for victims in the free legal consultations they offer.
In fact, if you're looking for precise answers with regards to your legal options and avenues for compensation, we highly suggest scheduling an in-depth review of your case.
This can be arranged via the form on this page, or via our 24/7 phone line. It's 100% free and at no obligation to you. Once you have the accurate information you deserve, you'll be able to make the right choice for yourself and your family.
Below, we share some general information regarding the common places where slipping accidents occur, and who could be found to have acted negligently, ultimately resulting in the injuries to the victim.
If your injuries were caused after you fell on commercial property, the owner of that property can be held liable for your damages. The term commercial property is quite broad, though it is usually used to refer to businesses.
Many of these kinds of incidents occur in stores like supermarkets or gas stations. Often times, the business entity is found to have been negligent in providing a safe environment for its patrons and therefore owes the victim some sort of remuneration. However, not every fall that occurs at a business results in a monetary award for the victim.
The legal process can be quite extensive and, if it is found that your own carelessness directly resulted in the damages, there's a possibility that you are not entitled to any compensation.
An experienced legal representative will be able to build a strong case that proves their client could not have foreseen a slipping hazard at a business and through this argument be able to achieve substantial settlements for the victims they represent.
If you happen to suffer a slip and fall incident at someone else's home, the section of New Jersey state law that applies is slightly different to that of a commercial business.
Simply put, since the homeowner or resident of a private home does not generally intend for the property to be visited on a constant basis, they cannot be held liable for the upkeep of the property. This includes removing snow or ice hazards which are some of the most common reasons for falls.
There is a small exception in these circumstances, however. If you slipped and fell in an apartment complex in New Jersey, more specifically in the common areas of the property, you could have a case on your hands. This is due to the fact that the owner of that property, whether they live on it or not, has a duty to maintain a safe environment for residents as well as their guests.
Either way, these cases can be extremely complex and nuanced. For this reason, we suggest seeking legal representation that can break down your claim and determine if there is potential for settlement or even a lawsuit.
For additional legal resource, visit our next page: Commons Questions Asked by Victims of Slipping & Falling Injuries