New Jersey Shopping Mall and Store Accident Lawyer

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Were you injured in an accident in a shopping mall, a big box store, or a smaller shop? Were your injuries caused by an unsafe condition or hazard? If negligence on the part of the property owner, tenant, manager, or employees caused the accident that injured you, you could be eligible to seek compensation.

The New Jersey shopping mall and store accident attorneys at the law firm of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman understand how devastating it can be when a shopping trip ends with a painful injury. We provide attentive representation to people injured by negligence in our community. We’re ready to put our skills to work for you.

Contact us by phone or online for a free consultation today.

Why You Need Our Law Firm After an Injury at a Mall or Store in New Jersey

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Stores and shopping malls exist to make a profit. Sometimes, retailers will skimp on safety precautions or hire inexperienced workers to reduce overhead costs. Some stores may not take the time to train their staff properly.

When retailers cut corners, your safety may be in jeopardy. When an accident happens, retailers may try to settle for significantly less than what a victim is actually owed for their injuries. If you are involved in a store accident, you need to hire an attorney to advocate for your rights and pursue fair compensation.

For nearly a century, the legal team at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman has represented accident victims to secure the compensation they deserve. Our reputation is built on a track record of hard work, compassion, and proactive legal representation. We want to see justice done and make sure you have the resources you need to make a full recovery.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we do not charge you any fees upfront to start work on your personal injury case. We will review your case for free, with no obligation to you. If we believe

you have a claim for compensation, we will do all the legal legwork with no out-of-pocket cost to you. When we recover compensation for you, our fee then comes as a percentage of that. If we don’t win, you don’t pay us. It’s that simple.

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Common Types of Accidents at New Jersey Shopping Malls and Stores

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Most stores and shopping malls in New Jersey might appear to be safe spaces with a low risk of being harmed. These areas cater to thousands of shoppers every day. Yet, stores and shopping malls are not always properly maintained. While property owners and occupants must provide a reasonably safe environment free from hazards, not all property owners or occupiers take this responsibility seriously.

Accidents can happen when safety concerns are ignored, or essential maintenance is overlooked. A few examples of common types of accidents at New Jersey shopping malls and stores include:

  • Falling
  • Tripping over objects
  • Slipping on wet surfaces
  • Slipping on snow or ice
  • Escalator accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Unsafe or unmarked stairway accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Parking lot accidents
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Safety hazards that go unaddressed or are ignored and can lead to a shopping mall or store accident may include:

  • Torn carpeting
  • Cracks in the flooring
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Lack of handrails on stairways
  • Poor lighting
  • Wet or slippery floors from spills
  • Outdoor areas covered in snow or ice
  • Escalators or elevators that are not properly maintained
  • Aisles that are blocked
  • Improperly stacked merchandise
  • Loose cords

Failing to fix safety concerns can lead to significant accidents. If you believe a property owner did not keep you safe, contact our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys.

Who Could Be Liable for an Accident at a Mall or Store?

Typically, the property owner or occupant is responsible for injuries caused by an accident. Depending on the circumstances, others may also be liable.

New Jersey is one of many states that follow a comparative negligence model in personal injury cases. The concept allows the jury to assign responsibility to each party involved in an accident. For example, the jury may look at the facts of your case and decide that your actions are 10 percent to blame for the accident. Therefore, the value of your compensation would be reduced by 10 percent.

Insurance companies often use the theory of comparative negligence in an attempt to reduce the size of a settlement payment. That’s why you need an experienced New Jersey premises liability attorney who can fight to hold at-fault parties accountable and ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

New Jersey Premises Liability Laws for Malls and Stores

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Most accidents in stores and malls fall under a legal classification called premises liability. Premises liability is an area of personal injury law that seeks to hold property owners, occupants, and landlords accountable for dangerous conditions that injure visitors to the property.

To prove that you are entitled to compensation under premises liability, injured victims must demonstrate the following:

  • The property owner/occupant has a duty of care, meaning they are responsible for keeping customers or visitors out of harm’s way.
  • The responsible party breached their duty of care by failing to keep their property free from unreasonable safety hazards.
  • The breach of duty directly caused the accident that injured the victim.
  • The victim suffered losses as a result of the accident

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Potential Compensation from a Mall or Store Accident Claim

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If you were injured in an accident caused by negligence at a store or shopping mall in New Jersey, you could be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. The amount of compensation you recover will typically depend on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of your injuries.

While all cases are unique, in general, premises liability accident victims can pursue compensation for losses such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life

Steps to Take If You Get Hurt at a Mall or Store

Your actions immediately after an accident can impact your health and well-being. What you do in the days and weeks following an accident can affect your ability to recover full and fair compensation. Take these steps to help ensure that you have the best chance possible at healing from your injuries and being compensated for losses, both physical and financial:

Seek medical attention immediately

Seek medical help as soon as possible if you are involved in an accident at a mall or store.

Report the accident to store management

Often, the manager on duty will ask you to complete a written report. Give a detailed and accurate description of the incident. Ask for a copy of the report to keep for your records.

Document the scene

If possible, thoroughly document the scene of the accident. Take pictures of where the accident occurred and ask for the contact information of people who witnessed it.

Keep your receipts

Keep all medical bills and receipts for out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident. If you miss work because of your injuries, keep your pay stubs. These documents can help establish how much compensation you are owed.

Stay off social media

Avoid posting about the accident online or disparaging the store or shopping mall in online reviews or other forums. Although you may be frustrated, airing your grievances online could hurt your case. Your words or photographs may be taken out of context, damage your credibility, and jeopardize the viability of your case.

Contact an attorney

. Consult with our experienced premises liability attorneys as soon as possible. We can negotiate with the insurer on your behalf to seek maximum compensation and file suit if necessary.

Deadline for Filing a Premises Liability Claim in New Jersey

You may be overwhelmed following a painful accident. Not only are you recovering from your injuries, but you may also be inundated with medical bills. Performing daily tasks may be a challenge. Before you know it, days have turned into weeks, and weeks have turned into months.

Don’t lose track of time. New Jersey generally gives accident victims only two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit against a property owner or other responsible party. If you miss this deadline, you will likely be unable to seek the compensation you deserve through the legal system.

Discuss Your Mall or Store Accident Claim with Our Lawyers Today

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If you have been injured at a New Jersey store or shopping mall, the legal team at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman wants to help. Our skilled attorneys are ready to advocate on your behalf and seek the compensation you need to move forward with your life.

Contact our New Jersey premises liability team today to set up an initial legal consultation.


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