When you or a loved one have been the victim of a slip and fall accident, regardless of the cause — a patch of snow and ice, a broken stair, or a pothole — when the accident occurs on someone else’s property, the property or business owner’s failure to maintain the premises may have been the legal cause of your slip and fall accident. The law imposes a duty on property and business owners to exercise reasonable care to maintain their premises in a safe condition, free of dangers or hazards. When property or business owners fail in this legal duty, they may be financially responsible to someone who is injured in a slip and fall accident.
Many people who are victims of slip and fall accidents on others’ property may not even be aware that the property or business owner had a legal duty to maintain the premises or that this duty extends to areas like parking lots, driveways, and abutting sidewalks. The Westfield slip and fall accident attorneys of Team Law are ready to help you understand your legal rights and options when you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property. Contact us today to schedule a free initial case evaluation to talk to us about the details of your case.
Many people who’ve never suffered a slip and fall accident believe that these accidents only lead to minor cuts and bruises. But the reality is that slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries that can take weeks or even months to recover from, after which an injured victim may still be left with lifelong effects. Some of the common injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents include:
Our Westfield slip and fall accident attorneys can help you recover compensation for any injuries that you have suffered in an accident that occurs on someone else’s property.
After you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may firmly believe that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries from the property or business owner. Unfortunately, slip and fall claims often are not so simple. For more than 60 years, the slip and fall accident attorneys of Team Law have fought to secure the financial recovery that our clients need and deserve. We thoroughly investigate our clients’ accidents, reviewing evidence such as accident scene photos, surveillance video, accident or incident reports prepared by the property or business owner, and eyewitness statements, so that we can prove how our clients’ accidents occurred and who is responsible to compensate our clients for their injuries. We fight against the defenses and tactics that property and business owners use to avoid liability, including claiming that they did not have knowledge of the condition that caused the slip and fall, that they did not have sufficient opportunity to remedy the condition, or even that our client’s accident never actually occurred.
When you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you can rely on the expertise and skill of Team Law to establish the liability of the negligent property or business owners and get you the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries. Contact our firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with our Westfield slip and fall accident lawyers.
Westfield is a town located in Union County, New Jersey. Westfield was originally settled in 1720 as part of the Elizabethtown Tract; the town gets its name from the fact that it was the western, undeveloped part of the Tract. Westfield was incorporated as one of New Jersey’s initial group of 104 townships in 1798. The township of Westfield was reorganized as the Town of Westfield in 1903. Westfield is consistently ranked as one of New Jersey’s and the U.S.’s safest and wealthiest communities. A 2014 Neighborhood Scout survey ranked Westfield as the 30th safety city in the U.S., while a 2018 Bloomberg list ranked Westfield as the 99th wealthiest community in the county and the 18th wealthiest in New Jersey. Westfield is also renown for its downtown area, which attracts many New Jersey residents to the shopping and dining opportunities. The downtown area has hundreds of retailers and businesses, representing a mix of independent stores and larger chains, with many of the businesses having operated in Westfield for 25 years or more.
Potentially. In order to succeed on a slip and fall accident claim against a store or restaurant when your accident was caused by a liquid or other substance spilled by a customer, you will need to prove that the store or restaurant knew of the spill or that the spill had been there long enough that the store or restaurant should have discovered the spill, and that the store or restaurant had enough opportunity to clean up the spill. If you slip only a minute or two after another customer spills a liquid on the floor, the store or restaurant can argue that it did not have notice of the spill or sufficient opportunity to clean it up.
Not necessarily. If a slip and fall occurs entirely on private property, such as a parking lot or driveway, the property owner or occupier may be responsible to a person injured in a slip and fall accident. However, if a slip and fall occurs on a sidewalk that abuts private property, legal liability for slip and falls becomes more complicated, even though many municipalities impose fines for failure to maintain abutting sidewalks. As a general rule, commercial property owners have a duty to remove natural hazards like snow and ice from abutting sidewalks; however, residential homeowners or tenants owe no duty to pedestrians to clear abutting sidewalks, unless the homeowner’s or tenant’s property creates a new or additional danger on the sidewalk.
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