Premises Liability Attorneys in Edison, NJ
Property owners in New Jersey are responsible for making sure there is nothing present that may cause harm to others. The reality is that some property owners are negligent and don’t fix dangerous conditions as soon as they should. These accidents can happen anywhere in New Jersey, regardless of whether it is a home, a store, a school, a parking lot, or anywhere else one may go in their daily life. Unfortunately, some of these accidents result in life-long suffering and even death. Stathis & Leonardis understands how serious slip and fall accidents are. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey slip and fall accident because of the negligence of a property owner, contact Stathis & Leonardis today to schedule a consultation.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime, anywhere. Unfortunately, these accidents can be just as devastating as any other type of accident, whether it be on the road or otherwise, which is why if you have been injured in a slip and fall, you most likely now require financial compensation to heal. Our firm has the experience necessary to handle a wide range of slip and fall accidents, some of which include the following:
- Parking lot accidents: Parking lot accidents can occur for a wide variety of reasons. In most cases, they occur due to poor parking lot conditions, including inadequate security, uneven pavement, insufficient lighting, negligent signage, and more. Of course, many pedestrians are also stricken by careless motorists in parking lots as well, often while they back out of parking spots without checking to ensure no one is passing by. Regardless of the cause of your accident, if you were injured due to no fault of your own, there is a very good chance that you will qualify for financial compensation in a premises liability claim.
- Supermarket accidents: While no one expects to sustain an injury while simply shopping for the week’s food, these accidents occur far more frequently than you may think. Supermarket accidents often occur as a result of spills left unattended in aisles and in restrooms, merchandise falling from shelves, unsafe supermarket parking lots/sidewalks, poorly placed floormats, and more.
- Hotel accidents: Hotels offer individuals a wide array of amenities such as gyms, buffets, swimming pools, and more. While these are all fantastic and fun to use, the truth is, having all of these features gives hotel management and staff far more to look after. When they fail to ensure that all of these amenities are safe for guests at all times, the chances of an accident occurring drastically increases. While there are few things worse than sustaining an injury while on vacation, if this has happened to you, you must retain the services of experienced New Jersey slip and fall accident attorneys who can fight for the compensation you need to heal.
- Snow and ice accidents: Snow and ice accidents are incredibly common in the winter months here in New Jersey. In New Jersey, property owners are responsible for ensuring that their sidewalks are safe for all passersby. In fact, property owners are legally obligated to remove all snow and ice hazards on their sidewalks & parking lots within a certain amount of time after a storm. If you were injured in a snow and ice accident because a property owner failed to remove snow and ice timely, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid premises liability claim.
- Elevator accidents: Elevator accidents are, fortunately, rare. However, if you are someone who was involved in an elevator accident in New Jersey, there is a very good chance that you were severely injured, and you will almost always qualify for compensation, as these accidents are seldom the passenger’s fault. In most cases, elevator accidents are a result of property owners failing to have their elevators regularly serviced and maintained. However, at times, these accidents occur due to defective machinery, in which case our firm can work to file a product liability claim on your behalf.
- Sidewalk accidents: Most of us do not feel unsafe or at risk while simply walking down a sidewalk. However, there are various conditions that can cause sidewalks to become very dangerous, including uneven sidewalks, damaged sidewalks, weather-related hazards, loose debris, and more. If you are injured in a sidewalk accident, it is critical that you hire an attorney who can determine whether the property belonged to a private property owner or a municipality. If you were injured on property owned by a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim in a matter of months.
This is just a small sample of the types of premises liability accidents that Stathis & Leonardis handles. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact our firm today.
What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
When someone is injured in a slip and fall accident, they may not be able to do much else other than await the arrival of police. This is completely understandable, however, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident, as long as you are capable of doing so, you should do everything in your power to document the incident. If possible, take the following steps:
- Call the police and notify the property owner. If you were injured in a store, such as a supermarket, ensure you notify the store owner or manager, as they will file a store incident report. When the police arrive, they should also write up a separate police report.
- Ask anyone who witnessed the accident for their name, phone number, email address, or any other means by which you may contact them. If possible, you should try and obtain either a written or recorded statement from any witnesses regarding the circumstances of your accident. If they corroborate your claim, it will most likely bolster your chances of winning the compensation you need.
- Take pictures or videos of the unsafe condition that caused your accident. Do everything you can to preserve the scene of the accident, including any evidence regarding the circumstances of your accident.
- Ensure that you seek medical treatment immediately. Even if you are not critically injured at the time, you should check yourself into a hospital, as certain injuries don’t manifest until hours, or even days, later.
- Once you are treated at the hospital, ask your doctor for all medical documentation/bills associated with your injury.
- Retain the services of a knowledgeable New Jersey slip and fall attorney who can gather and present all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. In many cases, our firm can subpoena surveillance footage of your accident to prove your claim. As long as we can demonstrate that the property owner knew or should have known about the unsafe conditions, failed to take action to fix them, and that you were injured and incurred significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance that you will be entitled to financial compensation in a premises liability claim.
Slip and fall accidents are very serious matters. The reality is that they can result in life-altering injuries that may include traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and spinal cord damage, among others. Stathis & Leonardis is an experienced Middlesex County law firm that has the skill and experience necessary to handle all of these matters. We are committed to helping you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. Some of the damages that can be recovered with the help of Stathis & Leonardis includes the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and lost future wages, among others. Our firm is also dedicated to helping clients recover noneconomic damages, some of which may include emotional distress, loss of independence, and pain and suffering.
Statute of Limitations
The state of New Jersey requires that all personal injury lawsuits are filed no later than two years from the date of the accident. This deadline is referred to as the statute of limitations. If an individual fails to file a claim within this time period, they will not be permitted to take legal action against the negligent party. If you were injured on municipal property, there is an added level of complexity. It is important to note that you may need to file a Notice of Claim, which informs the municipality that you plan to bring legal action. An experienced attorney can inform you if this applies to your situation.
Contact Stathis & Leonardis
If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident on another person’s property, it is important to retain quality legal counsel. Stathis & Leonardis has the experience needed to fight on your behalf to obtain maximum compensation and hold the property owner accountable for their negligence. We understand how devastating these injuries can be, and we firmly believe that no accident victim throughout the state of New Jersey should have to fight this uphill battle alone. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation with our skilled New Jersey slip and fall accident attorneys.