Parking Lot Slip & Falls
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The last thing you expect to happen on your way back from the grocery store, or a shopping mall, restaurant or any other commercial building, is a serious slip and fall accident in the parking lot. The reality is, however, that a slip & fall or trip & fall can happen to anyone at any time, especially in a poorly lit parking lot where it is tough to spot a slight crack in the pavement, a hidden patch of ice, a pothole or a tricky-to-navigate set of steps.
The owners and operators of commercial establishments, as well as the owners of office buildings, apartment complexes, hotels and motels, have a legal responsibility to make sure that visitors to their properties are free from harm. If you took a spill in a parking lot and sustained a serious injury, you may be in need of financial compensation to cover your medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and lost wages for time missed from work.
A skilled personal injury and premises liability attorney can assist you in the event that you have been injured in a parking lot slip & fall accident. The experienced attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have years of experience handling slip & falls and trip & falls throughout Union County, Somerset County and Essex County, NJ, including Westfield, Somerville and West Orange. We have successfully represented countless clients in major personal injury cases, so we know what it takes to win your parking lot slip and fall case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Anytime you set foot on another person’s property, whether it’s a friend’s home at an apartment building, a grocery store or supermarket, an outlet mall, a family restaurant or the building where you work, you have every reason to expect that you will be safe both inside the structure and as you make your way through the garage or parking lot. Property owners owe a duty of care to visitors to protect them against accidents anywhere on the property, including walkways, paths, lawns and parking lots. Most of the time, the property owner is expected to remove any dangerous conditions from their premises. In the event that the property owner becomes aware of the unsafe condition and fails to remove it from the property, they are obligated to warn visitors of the potential danger. This warning can come in the form of a sign, banner, lighting structure or some other indication that the danger exists. Depending on the type of property, whether it is a private residence or a commercial property, the nature and extent of the legally required warning can vary.
When a property owner fails to take precautions to ensure that visitors are safe as they make their way through a parking lot, a slip and fall accident is often the result. Parking lot slip & falls can cause some of the most serious personal injuries because the victim often makes hard contact with pavement or asphalt. Common injuries that happen as a result of falling in a parking lot include:
Regardless of the nature of your parking lot slip and fall or the extent of your subsequent injuries, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer before you attempt to reach a settlement with the property owner or their insurance carrier. Insurance companies are far more likely to offer favorable settlements to individuals who are represented by qualified legal counsel.
One of the first questions that will need to be answered after you sustain a parking lot slip & fall injury is, “Who is liable for a parking lot slip & fall accident?” Determining the identities of all of the legally responsible parties is not always easy and often requires a knowledgeable lawyer who is familiar with premises liability law in New Jersey. Moreover, holding these individuals or entities accountable for their negligence is also difficult because the NJ legal system is incredibly complex.
You can take certain steps in the aftermath of a parking lot slip & fall accident to protect your legal rights and give yourself the best chance of securing compensation for your injuries. After you suffer a parking lot slip and fall or trip and fall accident, your first step should be to seek immediate medical attention. It is important that you receive medical treatment from a competent doctor or other medical professional so that you avoid potential long-term damage. It is also crucial that you get the injury documented as soon as possible after the slip & fall accident. After tending to your health, you should get in touch with a qualified personal injury attorney who can help you explore all of your available legal options.
The personal injury lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC have the experience and the knowledge needed to help you secure maximum financial compensation for your parking lot slip & fall injuries. We are available 24/7 to discuss your case over the phone, or you can schedule a free consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in Scotch Plains, Morristown, Newark, East Brunswick, Clifton or Cherry Hill, New Jersey.