Slip and Fall

Representation for Slip and Fall Accidents

Representing the Legal Rights of Individuals with Slip and Fall Cases throughout the State of New Jersey
The National Safety Council (NSC) indicates that slip and fall accidents accounted for some 8.9 million emergency department visits during 2011. While many people are under the impression that slip and falls are not capable of causing serious injury, this could not be further from the truth. Slip and fall accidents can and often do result in extremely severe injuries that can leave victims with significant medical problems and even life-long disabilities.

Slips, trips, and falls can occur for a variety of reasons, including a victim's own clumsiness. In some cases, however, these accidents are caused by the negligence of a property owner or other party responsible for the way a particular area is maintained. When this occurs, victims may be able to recover compensation for their losses. Examples of the kinds of hazards that may be the result of property owner negligence include the following:

  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Slippery floors
  • Cracked pavement
  • Accumulations of snow or ice

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Help with a Personal Injury Case

After a slip and fall accident, victims should be focusing on their recovery, not with handling the legal aspects of their case or negotiating with insurance companies. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can make the process of obtaining compensation significantly easier on victims. Some of the ways in which a lawyer can help are detailed below.

  • An attorney will negotiate with the insurance company handling your case - Most slip and fall cases are resolved long before either party steps foot in a courtroom. In fact, in many cases, a lawsuit is never even filed. This is because liability is often conceded by the at-fault party, which means that the only issue that needs to be resolved is the amount of compensation that they victim will receive. The process of arriving at a particular figure for compensation often involves significant negotiation, and insurance companies tend to offer unrepresented parties unreasonably low settlement offers. An attorney familiar with representing slip and fall victims will ensure that you receive the full and fair value of your claim.
  • A lawyer will gather evidence in support of your case - In order to successfully recover compensation after a slip and fall accident, victims need to be able to establish that their accident was caused by someone else's negligence. If a case is contested, it may become necessary to obtain evidence that supports a victim's case. An attorney will gather evidence in support of your case and can compel the production of evidence from parties that are reluctant to produce it through a legal process known as "discovery."
  • An attorney will file suit on your behalf and represent you in court - In some cases, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit and conduct trial in order for a slip and fall victim to recover the compensation to which he or she is entitled. Because of the complicated procedures and substantive rules that are involved in filing a lawsuit and going to trial, it is important for anyone whose case is going to trial to file suit with the assistance of an attorney.

Compensation for Injuries after a Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall accidents can leave victims with serious injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, dislocations, sprains, and soft-tissue injuries. As a result, victims can incur significant compensable losses after a serious accident. Some examples of the kinds of damages that are available in a New Jersey slip and fall case include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of consortium (for a victim's spouse)

It is important for victims to understand that the amount of compensation that they may receive is dependent on a variety of factors. When you meet with an attorney, he or she will thoroughly analyze your case and will likely be able to give you an idea of what kind of award or settlement you may expect.

Call Cozzi & Cozzi, Counsellors at Law Today for a Free Case Evaluation with a New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyer - 24/7 Help is Available 201-450-1505

If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you should contact Cozzi & Cozzi, Counsellors at Law as soon as possible. Since the 1930's, our lawyers have been defending the legal rights of individuals who have been hurt by the negligence of others. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers, call our office today at 201-939-3381.