A Slip and Fall Lawyer Can Help Victims of a Fall in New Jersey
Many people in the United States are injured from falling. The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) shared a statistic, “Slip and falls account for over 1 million emergency room visits, or 12% of total falls.” In some cases, people sustain life-altering injuries after a fall.
Suffering an injury or injuries from slipping or falling down can be frustrating and painful. But what happens when you have fallen on a commercial property due to the owner’s negligence?
There may be countless questions running through your mind and the uncertainty about how to proceed or how your medical bills will be covered can be too much to bear alone.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident involving a fall, the slip and fall lawyers at Peter N. Davis & Associates are here to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Commonly Sustained Injuries
It’s not uncommon to suffer injuries after a fall. Although some injuries may appear to be minor, they can potentially cause future damage to the body without proper medical treatment. No matter how minor or severe your injuries may be, it’s important to seek a medical professional after a fall. Some examples of common injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hip fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured clavicles
If you fail to be evaluated by a doctor, you could hinder your chances of receiving compensation in the future to cover damages such as medical bills and pain and suffering.
Who Is Held Liable?
In general, the owner is held liable for the conditions of their property. However, in some cases, a third-party may be involved. For example, a maintenance company may be held liable if their carelessness caused an accident on commercial property.
One key point to remember is that every slip and fall injury does not warrant an actionable case. For this reason, it’s in your best interest to seek a legal professional who is familiar with the laws in New Jersey to review the details of your specific situation and determine if you have the grounds to file a claim against the responsible party.
Premises Liability Cases
Premise liability is the liability that a property owner has for injuries that occurred while on their property. A wide variety of hazardous conditions such as uneven pavement, wet floors, escalators, and defects in chairs can cause an innocent person to become injured.
It’s an owners duty to ensure the safety of those visiting their property. If there are potentially unsafe conditions, owners are responsible for making the appropriate repairs or properly warning visitors of any danger.
Statute of Limitations
In the state of New Jersey, you have exactly two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the other party involved, which is known as the statute of limitations.
Even if there is a strong chance that your case will settle, it’s important to take action soon after your accident in order to give yourself plenty of time in the event that you cannot reach a settlement and need to file a lawsuit.
If you fail to file a lawsuit within the two year period, you may not be eligible to receive any compensation for your injuries. This can leave you with costly medical bills and lost wages.
An experienced attorney will be familiar with the New Jersey statute of limitations and, if necessary, can ensure you have everything you need to file a lawsuit within a timely fashion.
What’s a Demand Letter?
A demand letter is an informational letter regarding a request for compensation for injuries. It’s essential to include supporting information about your injuries and the accident in the letter. A demand letter should consist of the following:
- Medical statements and billing
- Settlement amount
- Overview of medical treatment
- Overview of injuries suffered
- Clear facts about the accident
A slip and fall lawyer can assist you by preparing a demand letter and helping you deal with insurance companies. There are certain requirements and laws that must be followed. Our experienced attorneys can ensure the criteria are met for your case.
Am I Entitled To Compensation?
Various factors are taken into consideration when determining compensation. Your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more all play a role in whether or not you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
If you decide to seek compensation without legal guidance, you may hurt your chances of receiving the maximum amount you’re entitled to. No two cases are exactly the same, therefore, results will vary. However, our team of legal experts knows how to fight against insurance companies and don’t want to see you settle for less than what you deserve.
Seniors At Higher Risk
NFSI also stated, “For people aged 65-84 years, falls are the second leading cause of injury-related death; for those aged 85 years or older, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death.” Older people are more likely to fall and can suffer far greater injuries due to their tender physical state.
A number of factors increase the risk of an elderly individual falling including poor vision, slower reaction time, and side effects of medications. Although seniors face a higher risk of falling, anyone can become a victim of a fall. If you or an elderly loved one have been injured in a fall that could have been avoided, you need the help of an attorney at Peter N. Davis & Associates.
Contact A Firm You Can Trust
At Peter N. Davis & Associates, every client is important and you can be certain that your trip and fall case is in trusted hands. We strive to get results for our clients and when you hire us, you will receive hands-on service. We believe our clients should speak directly with our attorneys so that no question goes unanswered.
Our years of experience dealing with insurance companies has helped us better serve our clients and ensure they receive the right compensation for their injuries.
We know how stressful accident cases can be. When you contact our firm, you can expect us to begin the process of evaluating your case immediately. If you or a loved one has fallen, call our office today at (973) 279-7246 or fill out our free consultation form.