Slip and Fall Accidents
As we all know, slips and falls often happen accidentally and are part of our everyday lives, but they can unfortunately cause serious injuries that lead to lengthy recovery periods and expensive medical treatments. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports that slips, trips, and falls are some of the primary causes of accidental injuries in the U.S., sending 8.9 million Americans to the emergency room each year. While some slips and falls are unpreventable, in other cases they occur because a property owner has acted negligently. In these cases, the property owner can and should be held accountable for their role in the accident. If you have been injured in a slip or fall that you feel is the fault of the property owner, working with a Passaic County slip and fall attorney is in your best interest. Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli has been helping clients recover compensation in slip and fall accidents for over 27 years, and we can help you too.
Understanding Negligence in Slip and Fall Accidents
In legal terms, negligence is defined as “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” In slip and fall cases, for example, if the property owner fails to maintain safe conditions, they may be found guilty of negligence in a court of law.
New Jersey property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe and free from hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, this does not always happen, and what seems like a small hazard can result in serious injuries.
Some common examples of negligence include:
- Obstructed walkways
- Failing to clean up spills
- Failing to warn visitors of slippery floors
- Failing to complete regular inspections for hazards
- Worn, damaged, or dangerous flooring or stairways
- Improperly lit hallways and stairways
- Uneven or torn carpet that can cause a trip
In addition to these examples, as an experienced slip and fall attorney in Passaic County, Robert J. Bavagnoli and his team have seen many other dangerous conditions that have caused serious and life-changing injuries over the years. What makes these cases complicated is that negligence can sometimes be difficult to prove. The injured party has to demonstrate not only that the property was dangerous at the time of the injury, but that this condition caused their injury and that the property owner should have foreseen the danger, or if they were aware of it, taken action to correct it within a reasonable amount of time. Negligence can also be complicated to prove if the victim was partly responsible for their injuries, for example if they were looking at their phone while walking.
This is why, if you have been injured due to a slip and fall and think the property owner is at fault, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced lawyer. Bavagnoli & Bavagnoli has been providing compassionate legal help to slip and fall victims for nearly three decades, helping them recover fair compensation for their losses. If you have been injured in a slip or fall, please contact us for a free consultation on your case.
If you are suffering after a slip or fall, we’re here to help. Contact our Passaic County slip and fall attorneys for a free consultation at 973-785-9522.