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Personal Injury/Negligence: Slip and Fall Accidents

9 million slip and falls or trip and falls accidents reportedly occur each year. Approximately 95,000,000 work days are lost due to these accidents, costing approximately $3.5 million in lost revenue per hour. These statistics don’t begin to describe the impact of a slip and fall on someone’s life, which can be huge! These accidents can cause the loss of employment, the loss of mobility, enormous medical bills and permanent pain, suffering and disability. Slips and falls are not a big joke; they are a big problem! If you suffer a slip and fall injury, be sure to contact a NJ personal injury attorney to protect your rights.

Fault, also called liability, in a slip and fall or trip and fall case, is very important in deciding whether the injured person will receive money for their injury. Liability in slip and fall cases usually will be determined by the specific facts of the case. These include 1) how long the unsafe condition existed; 2) whether the owner had time to discover and fix the problem; 3) whether the steps taken to repair the unsafe condition were appropriate or adequate; and 4) whether the injured person’s carelessness contributed to the accident. These issues can be complicated to unravel, and an experienced NJ injury lawyer from Helmer Conley & Kasselman can help protect your rights as an investigation proceeds.

Even more complicated than the issues above are the special laws that apply for trespassers or children or accidents at the workplace or on government property. Property owners usually owe less to trespassers unless the trespassers are children. If a property owner has set up an attraction that may also be dangerous (such as swimming pool), the owner may be liable for not building a fence or a locking gate to keep out children

If an accident happens on the job, then usually worker’s compensations laws of strict liability take over unless the property was owned by someone other than the employer. If the accident occurs on government property, then federal or state laws allowing for tort claims will usually have to be followed. These usually involve strict guidelines for filing claims. Consulting  with an attorney can assist individuals who have work-related slip and fall accidents in understanding whether they have a workers compensation claim, a liability claim or both.

The insurance company for the individual or company which owns the property will start an investigation immediately after a slip and fall or trip and fall occurs. Insurance companies often see their responsibility as ensuring that injured people receive as little compensation as possible.  These compares often have policies companies to handle slip and fall or trip and fall claims, especially in the early stages of the claim that are very difficult on the victim. If you have a NJ injury lawyer by your side, you will probably feel more confident that someone is looking out for you, and that any decisions that you make about your claim are in your best interest, and not the insurance company’s.

A qualified attorney will help you understand your claim and set realistic expectations about what compensation you should expect. Some clients expect too much, and some expect too little. Contact Helmer Conley & Kasselman, and a qualified attorney will help you understand what you are entitled to and what you should expect, as well as define the path to help you get there.

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