Fall accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury cases. Oftentimes, injured individuals suffer serious injuries especially when a fall accident occurs on a hard surface like concrete, marble, etc. Many individuals suffer fractured bones, spinal injuries and head injuries.
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Pedestrian Fall Accidents
By far, the most common type of fall accident is the pedestrian fall accident. These types of accidents usually occur on sidewalks, but they can also occur on driveways or parking lots. A pedestrian walking to work in Cherry Hill, NJ may trip and fall over broken concrete in front of a store or private home, or a pedestrian walking to their car may slip and fall due to poorly maintained parking lot paint.
Liability in pedestrian fall accident lawsuits in NJ often hinges on the status of the property owner. Under NJ fall accident law, commercial property owners are treated differently than residential property owners. As a general rule, residential property owners in NJ are not subject to liability for a sidewalk fall accident unless the owner created the dangerous condition or engaged in misconduct. On the other hand, commercial property owners are held to normal standards of negligence in sidewalk fall accident cases in NJ. Commercial property owners may be held liable for failing to take reasonable action to fix a dangerous condition, or allowing a dangerous condition to exist without providing proper warnings.
Commercial Property Fall Accidents (Not Involving a Sidewalk)
Fall accidents can also occur on the premises of a commercial property, like a grocery store, mall, restaurant, etc. For example, a shopper at a grocery store at the NJ shore slips and falls in the restroom due to water accumulation on the floor from a leaky pipe, or a restaurant patron trips and falls due to torn carpet. In these situations, the business may be held liable for the injured patron’s injuries and damages. The key is proving that, prior to the accident, the business either knew about the dangerous condition or should have known about it.
Injured individuals can receive fair and reasonable financial compensation for the following:
One of the most important things you can do is document the thing that caused the accident, as soon as it is practically possible. These cases often boil down to sufficient evidence of the defective, dangerous condition. If a broken piece of concrete caused the fall, it is important to get evidence of what the concrete actually looked like at the time of the accident. This means taking pictures of the defect or having friends/family members take pictures for you.
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