Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Often, slip and fall accidents lead to serious injuries. You may be severely injured and left with long term pain or disability. You may be unable to work while costly medical bills add up and you face significant financial trouble. A slip and fall accident can be a real-life nightmare.
The above list of injuries can be further broken down. Here are areas that are commonly affected by slip and fall injuries:
Head injuries: An injury to the brain as the result of a slip and fall may be a bump, bruise or minor concussion. A severe TBI can impact your brain function or cause seizures.
Back injuries: A person can land on his or her back or twist the back to avoid falling. The result can be a disc injury or even paralysis.
Broken bones: Slips and falls can result in broken hips, especially in older individuals. Other fractures may include the pelvis, arm, leg, ankle or hand.
Shoulder or neck injuries: A person can fall on his or her neck, resulting in a strain or even paralysis. A person landing on his or her shoulder can break his or her collarbone, tear nerves or dislocate his or her shoulder.
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Usually, in New Jersey, you have two years to file a lawsuit against a property owner to receive compensation for injuries you suffer in a slip and fall, but if the owner is a government, you must file a claim within 90 days.
If you fall on business property, such as a store, you can recover compensation for your medical expenses, your lost wages and your pain and suffering.
If you fall at work, you cannot sue your employer. You file a workers' compensation claim. Your recovery is a percentage of your average weekly wage (70 percent in New Jersey). Your employer must pay your medical expenses. You cannot recover for your pain and suffering.
Special rules apply when the government owns the property where the slip and fall occurs. Examples include slips and falls at a public school or at a public park. An experienced slip and fall lawyer can walk you through the process of recovering against a governmental entity, like a school district or a city.
The typical medical expense of a slip and fall accident is $30,000 to $40,000! These cost Americans a combined total of around $34 billion per year. Those bills can be devastating for anyone, especially when you are also missing work due to your injuries.
In order to establish liability in a slip and fall accident, there must be established negligence on the part of the business or property owner where the incident occurred. This can be difficult to prove in a fall. As the injured party, you must demonstrate how the property owner allowed a dangerous condition to exist which then led to your fall.
Of course, the business owner and their insurance company will not make doing this easy. They may even claim that you were the negligent one. This is why you need an experienced attorney on your side. The team at Petrillo & Goldberg can help you get the most successful outcome possible by demonstrating that you were not responsible for your injuries.
Falls can be deadly in the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, 5,147 U.S. workers suffered fatal injuries. Of the deaths, 887 resulted from falls. The number of fatal falls increased from 849 in 2016, a 17 percent jump.
Many slips and falls happen in your own home, but when they occur on someone else's property, you may get compensation for your injuries. Where can the slip and fall occur?
What are common causes of slips and falls?
To receive compensation for your injuries in a slip and fall, you must prove two things.
First, a slip and fall lawyer will show the owner created a hazard on the property or that the owner knew or should have known about the hazard. Second, the lawyer will show the owner of the property had time but failed to remove the hazard or warn you of the hazard. In New Jersey, if your own fault contributed more than 50 percent to the cause of the slip and fall, you cannot recover. If your fault was 50 percent or less, your fault reduces your recovery by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
If you suffer injuries in a slip and fall at work, you do not have to show fault on the part of your employer. You only have to show that the slip and fall arose out of and in the scope of your employment. Your fault does not affect your right to compensation or the amount you can recover.
Our unique team approach to all our cases makes us a standout firm and allows us to give each of our clients the total knowledge and experience of our entire firm. That also means that here you do not just have one attorney fighting for your case, you have all four Petrillo & Goldberg Law attorneys on your side.
Our slip and fall lawyers will investigate your case. For example, we can get a video from a security camera of your fall . Our lawyers will negotiate with the property owner or operator for a reasonable settlement to compensate you for your injuries.
If you or a loved one have suffered a slip and fall accident in the South Jersey or Philadelphia area, you should contact the experienced legal team at Petrillo & Goldberg. We will always fight for you and get you just compensation for your injuries and the disruption they have caused in your life. Let us help you recover by allowing you to focus on your healing and not on your case.
The highly competent lawyers at Petrillo and Goldberg represent clients with personal injury claims, workers compensation claims, slip-and-fall cases and automobile accident victims. We work for you, and take our job of getting the best possible results for you seriously.