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Slip & Fall Accidents

Woodbridge Slip & Fall Attorneys

Holding Property Owners Accountable in New Jersey

At Palmisano & Goodman, P.A., we know that slipping and tripping accidents cause significant injuries and hardships. We also know that many of these cases occur as a result of property owner negligence or lack of proper maintenance. Our firm welcomes these cases and has had great success over the years in client recoveries. With more than 100+ combined years of experience in practice, we know how to prepare and present premises liability claims to recover maximum compensation.

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident in New Jersey, reach out to our Woodbridge lawyers today to discuss your situation in a free initial consultation.

What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident

If you've experienced a slip and fall accident, it's essential to take certain steps to protect your well-being and preserve any potential legal claim you might have. Here's a guide on what to do after a slip and fall accident:

  1. Prioritize Your Safety: Ensure that you are in a safe location and seek medical attention immediately if you are injured. Your health is the top priority.
  2. Report the Incident: If the slip and fall occurred on someone else's property, report the incident to the property owner, manager, or a responsible party. Ensure that the details are documented, including the time, date, and location of the incident.
  3. Gather Evidence: Take photographs of the scene, including the hazard that caused the slip and fall, any visible injuries, and the overall conditions. If there were witnesses, ask for their contact information.
  4. Obtain Medical Attention: Even if your injuries seem minor, it's crucial to seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries may not manifest immediately, and having a medical record can be vital for any future legal claims.
  5. Document Your Injuries: Keep a record of your injuries, the medical treatment you receive, and any medications prescribed. This documentation can be essential in establishing a connection between the slip and fall and your injuries.
  6. Preserve Clothing and Footwear: Keep the clothing and footwear you were wearing at the time of the incident as potential evidence. They may help illustrate the conditions at the scene.
  7. Collect Information: Obtain the contact information of the property owner, manager, or any employees present. Additionally, collect insurance information from the responsible party.
  8. Avoid Making Statements: Refrain from making any statements or admissions of fault. This includes not apologizing or accepting blame, as these statements can be used against you later.
  9. Identify Witnesses: If there were witnesses to the incident, obtain their names and contact information. They may provide valuable testimony in support of your case.
  10. Preserve Evidence: If possible, preserve any evidence related to the accident, such as the shoes you were wearing, the clothing you had on, or any items that may have contributed to the incident.
  11. Contact an Attorney: Consult with a personal injury attorney experienced in slip and fall cases. They can provide guidance on the legal aspects of your situation and help you understand your rights and options.

Common Injuries Sustained in Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from relatively minor bruises and sprains to more serious injuries like:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries, which can range from herniated discs to more serious spinal cord injuries that can result in partial or complete paralysis
  • Fractures, particularly in the wrist, hip, and ankle
  • Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains 

Depending on the severity of the injury, slip and fall accidents can result in significant medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term disability, making it important to seek the advice of a qualified personal injury attorney if you've been injured in a slip and fall accident.

Proving a Slip & Fall Accident in New Jersey

To succeed in a slip and fall accident lawsuit in New Jersey, you generally need to establish the following elements to demonstrate that the property owner or occupier was negligent:

  1. Duty of Care: You must show that the property owner or occupier owed you a duty of care. Property owners generally have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for visitors.
  2. Breach of Duty: You need to demonstrate that the property owner breached their duty of care by failing to take reasonable steps to address or prevent hazardous conditions on their property. This could involve issues like inadequate maintenance, failure to provide warnings, or negligence in addressing known dangers.
  3. Causation: You must establish a direct link between the property owner's breach of duty and your injuries. In other words, you need to show that the hazardous condition directly caused your slip and fall.
  4. Notice: You may need to prove that the property owner had either actual or constructive notice of the hazardous condition. Actual notice means they knew about the danger, while constructive notice means they should have known about it through reasonable inspection or monitoring.
  5. Foreseeability: You may have to demonstrate that the slip and fall incident was foreseeable, meaning a reasonable person could have anticipated the potential for harm based on the circumstances.
  6. Damages: You must show that you suffered actual damages as a result of the slip and fall, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related costs.

Strong documentation and evidence, such as photographs of the scene, witness statements, medical records, and any other relevant records, can significantly strengthen your case.

How We Can Help

Property owners are not automatically responsible for all injuries that occur on their premises, however they can he held accountable for unsafe conditions that result in injuries. Our Woodbridge slip and fall attorneys have brought successful lawsuits against owners of stores, malls, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, parking lots, apartment buildings, and other commercial properties.

We can pursue your compensation for any slip-and-fall injury, such as:

  • Slippery floors.
  • Potholes or raised concrete.
  • Broken or uneven steps.
  • Broken handrails.
  • Insufficient lighting.
  • Hidden step-ups or step-downs.
  • Electrical cords or torn carpets.
  • Snow and ice accumulations.

Free Slip & Fall Claim Evaluation

We work on a contingency fee basis, never requiring you to pay until we are successful in recovering damages, and even offer free case consultations. Our law firm handles slip and fall accidents throughout Woodbridge, Middlesex County, and throughout New Jersey.

On our team, we have skilled and proven Woodbridge premises liability lawyers who are committed to the success of your cases. We promptly investigate every case we take on to preserve evidence of the dangerous condition that led to your serious injury

Slip & Attorneys in Woodbridge, NJ

We put our decades of experience and extensive knowledge of personal injury law to use when we build a case for liability and damages. Since property owners can be sued for code violations or neglected repairs that were ignored, they can be pursued in a personal injury claim.

For a free consultation with the experienced Woodbridge, NJ slip and fall attorneys at our firm, call us now at (732) 709-4400.

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    It has been a privilege working with Greg Goodman over the last 3.5 years where he represented me in a very difficult & complex personal injury case. He and his team dedicated a great deal of time, over a three and a half year period, to me and my needs as a client. Greg and his team have always been there for my support and any questions throughout the challenging time. Greg is very experienced and knowledgeable in the field of personal injuries which helped me understand my concerns and needs better. I always received proper consulting and my best interest was taken in consideration at all times. It is never an easy time to go through injuries but Greg and his professional team help make this a comfortable journey in the toughest of times. I am very grateful and extremely satisfied with all the hard work that Greg and his team put into my case. I would recommend Greg Goodman and the Palmisano & Goodman Law Firm to the highest degree for your legal needs & representation as their priority lies within their clients.
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