One of the most common personal injury actions relate to an individual losing their balance and subsequently suffering injuries from a fall. Generally, when a fall occurs you can’t help but ask yourself, did I trip on something? Did I slip on something? While the distinction between a trip and slip may seem nonsensical, the legal distinction is important for a successful personal injury action. This blog will explore the differences between a slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall case, and how to obtain a successful outcome
With New Jersey in the middle of its winter season, injuries due to ice and snow conditions can occur because of the irresponsible actions of property owners and landlords. Commercial and multi-complex residential buildings commonly fail to exercise reasonable care by promptly removing snow and ice following a snowstorm. A victim of a slip and fall accident may secure valuable compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and ongoing disability.
Property owners owe a duty of care to people who visit their property. This means that a homeowner, a commercial property owner or a rural landowner may be held responsible to compensate someone who is injured on the property, whether the injured person is an invited guest or not.
Snow is certainly a common feature in New Jersey during the winter months. And while residents are used to encountering snow and ice in their daily commute, these could pose serious risks to individuals. If business owners do not take proper care to address the dangers caused by snow and ice accumulation during the winter months, a serious slip and fall accidentcould occur.
Whether you realize it or not, most days residents of New Jersey and elsewhere enter the property of others. This could occur when an individual is shopping, dropping of mail, going to a meeting at an office building or even stopping by at a neighbor's house. While the act of entering another's property seems rather routine and relatively safe, this action could cause an individual to encounter serious dangers that could lead to property accidents.
New Jersey residents who have been injured on another person's property may wonder what their legal rights are. Oftentimes their rights fall under the umbrella of premises liability. Premises liability comes from the principle of negligence. If a person entering the property or premises of another suffers an injury due to the negligent maintenance of the premises or any inherent danger in the property, the owner may be held liable for premises liability.