When it's cold outside and the ground is wet and slippery, we have
to be extra careful when we're walking. Of course, the dangers of
winter weather aren't limited to icy parking lots and sidewalks, but
they make their way indoors too.
Ever walked into a building during a downpour only to look down and see
that there's no mat? Only a pile of water below you and footprints
extending in all directions beyond the puddle? As you tread very carefully,
you think to yourself, "Where is the mat to protect me from slipping?"
The winter and spring months in New Jersey are particularly dangerous because
of the icy and slippery conditions. When it's warm and dry, we just
don't have to worry as much about slippery ice outside of businesses
and drops and puddles inside due to roof leaks, and wet shoes.
A Slip and Fall Can Be Serious
Slip and fall accidents are no laughing matter. They don't only affect senior citizens who
suffer shattered hips (possibly needing a hip replacement), they can affect
anyone. Can you imagine your toddler excitedly running over to you, only
to slip on a wet floor and hit their head against the wall, suffering
a traumatic brain injury?
Slip and fall accidents can happen inside and outside. For example, the
walkway to the main doors of an apartment building can be icy. Imagine
it's dark out and there is insufficient lighting at the building's entrance.
One of its residents slips on the ice, shattering her kneecap, fracturing
her elbow and wrist and suffering a head injury. The victim, a single
mother of two, cannot work for over six months while she recovers, nor
can drive or take care of her two young children. It can happen that fast.
Proving Legal Liability
Thousands of people are seriously injured in slip and fall accidents every
year when they trip on torn carpeting, jagged concrete, or slip on a recently-polished
floor, or a wet or slippery surface.
Sometimes the property owner is legally responsible, sometimes they are
not. To determine liability, one of the following must apply:
- The property owner or an employee caused the dangerous condition.
- The property owner or an employee was aware of the dangerous condition,
but ignored it.
- The property owner or an employer should have known because any reasonable
person taking care of the property would have discovered the hazard and
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to
compensation. But please be aware that there is a "statute of limitations,"
which is a time limit to file a personal injury claim.
In New Jersey,
you must file a claim within 2 years of the date of the incident, otherwise you could lose your right to much-needed
compensation. To learn more about your rights,
contact Bergen County Personal Injury Lawyer Brandon J. Broderick today!