PERSONAL INJURY

New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyer 

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Some people don’t realize how severely a slip-and-fall accident can impact their lives until it happens to them. But the truth is that slip-and-fall accidents often lead to significant injuries and trauma. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 800,000 people are hospitalized in the United States every year because of falls – and that 1 in 5 falls cause a significant injury such as a broken bone or head wound. Falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Slip-and-fall accidents are preventable, but innocent people continue to be hurt by irresponsible and negligent property owners and occupants who fail to keep their premises safe for visitors. At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, our attorneys have been helping injured people in New Jersey hold negligent property owners accountable for their actions for nearly a century. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for deserving clients during that time.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property in New Jersey, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other losses. Contact Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman today for a free consultation with a slip-and-fall lawyer in New Jersey to find out how you can demand the money and justice you’re owed.

Why You Need Our Law Firm for Your Slip-and-Fall Case

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Slip-and-fall cases can be complicated. To be successful, you must demonstrate that a property owner, occupier, or other responsible party caused your fall and that you consequently suffered losses. Your best chance at recovering meaningful compensation and navigating the claim process is to work with our experienced New Jersey slip-and-fall attorneys.

Slip-and-fall accidents can result in severe physical injuries, expensive medical bills, time off work, and more. Property owners and insurers don’t want to be on the hook for compensating a victim for these losses. In some cases, a property owner or insurer may take advantage of a claimant’s vulnerability and pressure them to accept a settlement well below what the individual’s claim is truly worth.

You need a slip-and-fall accident attorney at your side from the beginning, protecting your rights and demanding the compensation you deserve. At the law firm of Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we have extensive experience handling New Jersey slip-and-fall accident claims. We are prepared to do what it takes to seek the justice you deserve and the money that will fully and fairly compensate you for your injuries and losses.

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.

From our clients

I would recommend Richard Isolde to my family and friends, and he was accommodating in handling our case. He was always available by text, phone calls, and email. Most significantly, he helped us get what we deserved. Richard Isolde is always there for his clients and does whatever he can to get the job done.

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Richard Isolde worked very hard on my case, making the impossible possible.
He was able to get the full amount up to the policy limit and then get punitive damages in addition. I understand that is a rare accomplishment. I am grateful for that and I congratulate him. Your firm was recommended to me by a friend and I will pay it forward by recommending him as well as PRA.

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I used Mr. (SQ) Lee for a personal injury matter and could not have been any more pleased with his services. He understood my injury and helped me every step of the way. He was courteous and kind and I always felt better after speaking with him. His assistant, Sherrill, was also wonderful and together they made a great team! I would absolutely recommend them, and the firm, to anyone.

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Common Causes and Types of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

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Slip-and-fall cases fall under the umbrella of premises liability. “Slip and fall” is a common term to describe any premises liability claim in which a person loses their footing and falls because of unsafe conditions on someone else’s property. Some of the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Loose or torn carpets or rugs
  • Cracks in flooring
  • Wet, slippery, or oily floors
  • Icy conditions on walkways
  • Loose cables
  • Lack of handrails on stairs
  • Unmarked stairs
  • Poor lighting conditions
  • Cluttered aisles
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Holes and other defects in pedestrian areas

Any of these or other hazards can cause a person to slip, trip, or fall and result in serious injuries.

Types of Injuries from Slip-and-Fall Accidents

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The National Floor Safety Institute reports that over 8 million people visit emergency rooms in the United States due to falls every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the annual medical costs associated with fall injuries are more than $50 billion. These statistics underscore just how serious slip-and-fall accidents can be, especially when they result in injuries like:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Broken bones
  •  Dislocations
  •  Hip and knee injuries
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions

Slip-and-fall injuries can significantly limit a person’s mobility and potentially lead to lifelong complications. Some fall injuries can even jeopardize a person’s ability to return to work and earn a living.

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Places in New Jersey Where Slip-and-Fall Accidents Often Occur

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Unfortunately, slip-and-fall accidents can happen just about anywhere people walk. Some of the most common places where slip-and-fall accidents occur include:

  • Retail stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Malls
  • Apartment complexes
  • Office buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Theaters
  • Stadiums
  • Construction sites
  • Private homes
  • Sidewalks
  • Parking lots

Who Could be Liable for a Slip-and-Fall Accident?

Depending on the circumstances of a given slip-and-fall accident, several different parties could potentially be liable, such as a:
  • Private property owner
  • Commercial property owner
  • Landlord
  • Commercial or private tenant
  • Maintenance company
  • Municipality or other government entity

Our law firm can investigate the circumstances of the accident and determine who may be held liable. If you are considering filing a slip-and-fall insurance claim or lawsuit, or you want more information about the process of recovering compensation, talk to our skilled New Jersey slip-and-fall accident lawyers about your situation today.

Potential Compensation in a Slip-and-Fall Case

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What is the value of your slip and fall case? The answer depends on a number of factors, which can include:

  • The cause of the accident
  • The severity of your injuries and extent of your losses
  • Your choice to file an insurance claim or a lawsuit
  • The amount of insurance coverage available

Depending on the particular losses you suffered, you could be owed money for your:

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

Our slip-and-fall accident attorneys are ready to evaluate your case, calculate and document the full extent of your damage, and determine the best avenue for pursuing maximum compensation.

Deadline for Filing a Slip-and-Fall Claim in New Jersey

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed after a slip-and-fall accident. In the coming days and weeks, you will have to manage your recovery and potentially field phone calls from insurance adjusters. That’s a lot to handle on your own, especially when you’re in pain and worried about your finances. Unfortunately, strict deadlines are in place when it comes to demanding compensation through the court system.

New Jersey generally gives people injured in slip and falls only two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. (See the special rules applicable to suing a school or government entity/employee below.) While this sounds like a long time, those two years can quickly pass while you’re trying to recover from your injuries, get back to everyday life, and pursue the compensation you’re owed, all at the same time. If you attempt to file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has expired, the defendant can move to have the case dismissed as untimely, and the court will likely agree. If that happens, you will lose your ability to take the property owner to court over your injuries and losses.

What Happens If a Government Agency Is to Blame?

Holding private and commercial property owners responsible for a slip and fall accident is much different from holding a government entity accountable. When an individual is hurt because of the actions of a government employee, there are stringent guidelines regarding claims and lawsuits.

Most government entities are entitled to a certain level of immunity from liability lawsuits. In New Jersey, the New Jersey Tort Claims Act stipulates that individuals injured by a government employee operating in the scope of their employment must taken certain steps against the school or government within 90 days of the incident.

If you are injured on government property, seek immediate advice from a knowledgeable New Jersey slip and fall accident attorney. There is a narrow window available to you and no time to waste.

How Our Lawyers Help People Harmed in Slip-and-Fall Accidents

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It can be challenging to recover the compensation you deserve after a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property. Many injured people with otherwise strong cases do not get the full and fair amount they deserve because they attempt to file a claim alone or don’t file a claim at all. If you’ve been hurt because of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, you deserve effective and aggressive legal representation to recover full and fair compensation.

At Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman, we help individuals who’ve been hurt in slip-and-fall accidents by managing their claims from start to finish. We’ll begin by listening to your story. You deserve to be heard, and our team will take the time to get to know you and the details of your case. Once we have a better understanding of your situation, we can begin investigating the cause of the accident and identifying all liable parties. We are ready to consult with medical and technical experts and invest in discovery and preparation expenses to build a compelling case on your behalf.

Our team can aggressively represent your interests in negotiations with the insurer. If these negotiations break down or do not move forward in a positive direction, we will be prepared to take your case to court. If you want results, turn to the legal team at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman for help.

What You Should Do After a Fall on Someone Else’s Property

If at all possible, you should:

Seek medical treatment

Your health is at stake. If you’ve fallen while on someone else’s property, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible

Report the accident

In many cases, a store or facility employee will ask you to fill out a form providing your information and a basic description of the incident. Keep your account factual and get a copy of the report for your records.

Document the scene

If you can, take photographs of the scene, your injuries, and the item you slipped or tripped on. Ask witnesses for their contact information.

Keep the clothes and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident

Do not throw out or wash the clothing or shoes you wore when you fell. Set these items aside because they may serve as valuable evidence.

Keep all bills and receipts

Maintain a record of your medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages if you cannot work.

Do not post on social media

Never talk about the accident online. Your words/photographs can potentially be used against you to undermine your claim and credibility.

Follow your treatment plan

Do not deviate from your physician’s treatment plan. Keep all scheduled appointments and take medication as directed. Your medical records can be crucial to your claim.

Contact an attorney

After a slip-and-fall accident, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Time is of the essence, and you need an experienced advocate in your corner to protect your rights and handle the details of your case.

Contact Our Slip-and-Fall Lawyers for a Free Consultation Now

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Did you slip and fall on someone else’s property? If so, you should contact the experienced team at Pellettieri Rabstein & Altman today for a free consultation with our New Jersey slip-and-fall accident lawyers. You could be owed compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. We want to help you recover it.

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