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Falls are a significant cause of serious injuries in the United States, including fractures and head injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents are the second most common cause of traumatic brain injuries in the U.S. Over 800,000 fall-related hospitalizations occur each year in the U.S., 300,000 of which involve elderly patients with hip fractures. Falls are also the most common cause of workplace injuries in employees of all ages. 

In New Jersey, slip-and-fall accidents happen every day. Fortunately, most falls result in little more than a bruise and some embarrassment, but sometimes falls are far more serious. A bad fall can cause severe trauma with injuries ranging from mild to severe, or even fatal, depending on how, where, and how hard the victim falls. If you or a close family member sustained serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident in South Jersey, and the fall only occurred due to a property owner’s carelessness, the attorneys at Grungo Law are ready to represent you in your claim to increase your chances of recovering the maximum available compensation for your losses.

Why Choose Us as Your Slip and Fall Lawyers in South Jersey?

The legal team at Grungo Law in South Jersey are dedicated client advocates who’ve spent years representing injured clients through even the most complex personal injury cases, including slip-and-fall accidents. Grungo Law offers clients the following advantages in their case:

  • A free confidential consultation and no attorney fees until we secure your settlement or court award
  • A strong local reputation and resources in South Jersey to streamline your claim for prompt results
  • Availability and open communication throughout all steps of the legal process so you’re always up-to-date on the progress of your case
  • The South Jersey personal injury attorneys are dedicated to your case with personalized attention and an individualized strategy to recover your losses

Richard Grungo Jr., ESQ is renowned in New Jersey as a “Super Lawyer.” He has over 25 years of legal experience representing injured clients in South Jersey, including a recent $650,000 settlement for a client injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a motel on the Jersey Shore.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries in South Jersey

South Jersey slip and fall accident attorney

If you’ve been hurt in a fall on a commercial property, private property, or government-owned property like a public park or city bus stop you could recover compensation if you experienced significant injuries such as the following:

  • Brain injury
  • One or more fractures
  • Back injury
  • Neck injury
  • Knee injury
  • Shoulder injury
  • Facial injuries
  • Broken teeth
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Bruises, cuts, and abrasions

If the fall occurred because an individual or a business was careless and failed to address or repair a fall hazard, you shouldn’t be left responsible for the damages. In the event of a death, reach out to a wrongful death attorney in South Jersey. 

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in New Jersey

Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents occur when something interferes with a person’s normal gait, causing them to experience a fall. Slip-and-fall accidents refer to same-level falls, versus falls from heights like a roof or balcony. Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents in South Jersey include:

  • Wet floors
  • Icy walkways and steps
  • Uneven or cracked surfaces in parking lots, sidewalks, and walkways
  • Loose carpets and floor mats
  • Unmarked floor-level changes (Step-downs or step-ups)
  • Dangling cords
  • Debris or clutter on the floor
  • Poor lighting
  • Cracked or broken floorboards
  • Slippery floor surface due to improper cleaning products or floor wax

As noted by the South Jersey premises liability attorneys, property owners and business managers have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to avoid causing injury to those lawfully on the property. New Jersey premises liability law determines the extent of the property owner’s duty to take reasonable measures by examining the following as stated in the law:

“the relationship between the property owner and the person entering the premises. Why was this person there? Was a benefit conferred on the owner by the person or were both parties mutually benefited? Identifying the status of the parties became a determinative factor in establishing the duty. The extent of the duty depended on whether the person entering the property was a business invitee, social guest (also referred to as a licensee), or trespasser.” 

When Is a Property Owner Liable for Damages in a Slip and Fall Accident in New Jersey?

When a person is legally allowed onto a property, there for legitimate business, or invited to a property, the property owner or leaseholder must regularly inspect the property, recognize hazards, and promptly address them to prevent injuries. This represents their duty of care. Proving liability in a successful slip-and-fall case in South Jersey depends on documenting evidence that the following is true:

  • The property owner/leaseholder owed a duty of care to others on the property
  • They failed to take the measures a reasonable person would have under the same circumstances, thus, breaching their duty of care
  • The negligent breach of duty directly caused a slip-and-fall accident
  • The injury victim suffered significant damages from the injury

Damages in most slip and fall claims are both economic and non-economic damages. Compensation for these damages typically comes through the property owner’s liability insurance.

What Damages Can I Recover in a South Jersey Slip-and-Fall Case?

Fall injuries can be temporarily or permanently life-altering, with serious financial impacts as well as pain and suffering. Even less serious injuries may cause temporary economic hardship due to missed work and mounting medical bills. A successful claim against the property owner’s liability insurance results in compensation for damages such as the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future income loss
  • Lowered future earning capacity if the injury caused disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Any other applicable non-economic damages such as loss of enjoyment of life or disfigurement (common in cases of facial injuries or broken teeth)

No one should take on a complex personal injury claim alone. Property managers and their insurers commonly dispute these claims or reach out quickly with low settlement offers that are only a fraction of what’s available to a victim with significant damages. At Grungo Law, we make it our mission to represent injury victims to ensure the largest possible payout on their claims.

Call Grungo Law Today for An Evaluation of Your Slip and Fall Case in South Jersey

Don’t wait to file a claim. New Jersey allows up to two years to file a lawsuit for a slip and fall accident. It often takes time to investigate, gather evidence, and negotiate for a settlement. Only in cases that aren’t resolved with an ample settlement does the case require a lawsuit in court, in which case it must be filed before the two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey expires. Call or contact Grungo Law today so your attorney can begin working on recovering your compensation with prompt, assertive action.