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Injured in a Slip And Fall?

Since 1965, our respected New Jersey law firm has provided clients with diligent and aggressive representation in the field of personal injury litigation.

Injured in a Slip And Fall?

Since 1965, our respected New Jersey law firm has provided clients with diligent and aggressive representation in the field of personal injury litigation.

Haddon Township Slip and Fall Attorneys

Haddon Township slip and fall lawyer

Why You Need a New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyer From Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles

Slip and fall injuries are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits in the United States. Slip and fall accidents regularly cause broken bones, sprains and strains, spinal injuries, and brain injuries. They are a leading cause of death among older adults.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property due to their negligence, you may be eligible for compensation.

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What to Do if You Have Been Hurt in a Slip and Fall Accident

The moments immediately following an accident are some of the most confusing for accident victims. What you say and do (or do not say and do not do) after an accident can make your case harder to prove.

The first thing you should do is call 911 if you need an ambulance. Next, report the accident to someone. If you fall at a business, fill out an incident report, and make certain that someone from management is aware of your fall.

Tell the truth. Do not minimize any aches or pains that you feel. Get medical assistance as soon as you can.

Call a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney as soon as possible so that evidence may be collected and preserved.

Write down any facts that may be important to show how the accident happened. For example: witness names and contact information, weather conditions, lighting conditions, etc.

Before contacting any insurance company, accident victims should speak to a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney. Our attorneys can advise on what to say, and what not to say, to the insurance company. This is important as any statements made to the insurance company can hurt a future claim. This will depend on your particular situation.

If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, follow these tips:

  • Let the property owner or someone from the property known that you were injured on the premises.
  • Get the name of the property owner or the person you spoke to.
  • Take photos of the area where you were injured, any signs or lack of signs, and the hazard that caused your injury.
  • Take down the names and contact info of any witnesses who were present during and after you were injured.
  • Avoid speaking to insurance companies.
  • Keep all medical records and bills stemming from the injury that occurred on the property.
  • Preserve the clothes and shoes you were wearing when you were injured. Do not wash them.

Even if you are unable to complete all of these steps, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer. At Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles, we can advise you of your next steps no matter the status of your case.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips and falls can be caused by a number of circumstances. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Unstable ground
  • Hidden debris
  • Sidewalks in disrepair
  • Spilled liquids
  • Damaged parking lots
  • Wet or icy pavement
  • Loose or missing stair rails
  • Tripping hazards in walkways, such as loose flooring or wires
  • Inadequate lighting

If you have suffered a slip and fall accident due to these or any other hazards, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other damages. Call a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney as soon as possible for a free consultation.

Common Places Where Fall Accidents Occur

Every location presents unique circumstances that may present hazards and risks for slip and fall accidents. Areas commonly associated with slip and fall accidents include:

  • Commercial Shopping Areas – Grocery stores, department stores, and other superstores with slick floors are areas where slip and falls often occur. These locations often have a very specific procedure for dealing with a slip and fall claim, so it is important to contact the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles so that you will have the best chance for making a successful recovery of your damages.
  • Workplaces and Job Sites – Slip and falls can easily occur at work. In most cases, these accidents require a workers’ compensation claim, but you should contact Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles to have professional legal assistance with your claim to ensure that you pursue all the coverage you are entitled to under the law.
  • Rental Properties – If you live in a rented apartment or home, the landlord may be held responsible for a slip and fall on the property, particularly in public areas.
  • Bars and Restaurants – Bars and restaurants usually have hard floors to make it easier to clean spills, but these floors can become very slick.
  • Public Areas – Public areas need to be kept in proper repair by the government or entity that maintains them. A slip and fall in a park, public building, street, sidewalk or other area is just as serious as one in a commercial building.
  • Private Homes – Homeowners’ insurance may be available to cover the costs associated with a slip and fall accident at someone else’s home if their negligence was the cause.

Compensation in a New Jersey Slip and Fall Case

When you suffer a slip and fall, the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will help you receive compensation that will cover your injuries, damages and other expenses. These can include:

  • Medical treatment
  • Prescriptions
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mileage to/from medical appointments and to pick up prescriptions
  • Lost wages from time off work due to your injuries
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other damages

If a close relative passed away as a result of a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Through this, you may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses up until their death, funeral and burial expenses, lost income, lost emotional support, and more.

What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip and Fall Case?

To recover compensation in a slip and fall claim, you will have to prove that someone else was liable for your injuries. To prove liability, you will have to demonstrate that the property owner or manager was legally negligent.

If a property owner, manager, or other responsible party fails to adequately inspect or maintain a property, or if they fail to warn visitors of known hazards, they could be held liable for your injuries.

New Jersey follows the traditional approach to premises liability claims. The status of the person who is injured determines what type of care the landowner owes to them.

The three types of people who may have entered the premises of another include:

  • Invitee – This person is legally on the premises, generally as a business guest, where there is a mutual benefit between the landowner and the invitee. Invitation to be on the premises can be either express or implied. For example, a customer of a store is an “invitee”.
  • Licensee – This person is also legally on the premises. However, there is no mutual benefit, however, and the person is on the premises for their own purposes. This person is commonly referred to as a social guest. For example, a persona attending a party at someone else’s home is a licensee.
  • Trespasser – This is a person who is not on the premises legally. They lack any invitation to be present on the premises.

Generally, to prevail in a premises liability claim, you must show that the property owner or other responsible party was negligent. In other words, you must prove that the defendant owed you a reasonable duty of care, they breached that duty, and the breach was the actual and proximate cause of your harm.

What Duty Does a Property Owner Owe to Others?

Invitees are owed the highest standard of care. Property owners have a duty to inspect the property for any conditions that an invitee might not discover on their own (also known as latent defects), and owners must repair them.

Licensees are owed a slightly lesser duty of care than invitees. Property owners do not have to inspect their property for latent defects, or repair those they find. If they are aware of any hazards, however, they must warn licensees about them.

Trespassers are owed the lowest standard of care. A property owner owes a trespasser only the duty to warn them of any artificial conditions on the property that may lead to serious injury or death and the duty to refrain from willfully injuring the trespasser.

How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim in New Jersey?

New Jersey has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims. This is the amount of time the accident victim has to file a lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time period you will lose all rights to your case.

According to the New Jersey law, the statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident or injury. There are exceptions to this rule, however, which may make the deadline much sooner, or much later. It is important that you speak with a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney right away to avoid missing any applicable deadlines.

You should NOT wait two years to begin the process of pursuing compensation. Property owners will likely quickly fix the hazard that resulted in your injuries, making gathering evidence much more difficult the longer you wait. Witnesses may become harder to locate with time and their memories may fade.

It’s best to talk to an attorney at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles as soon as possible after an accident so they can begin a thorough and independent investigation and develop a solid case for your financial recovery.

Contact the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles now for a free evaluation.

How Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles Slip and Fall Attorneys Can Help

The moments immediately following an accident are some of the most confusing for accident victims. What you say and do (or do not say and do not do) after an accident can make your case harder to prove.

If you are in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. Report the accident. Do not move your vehicle until the authorities arrive.

If you are involved in any other type of accident, the first thing you should do is call 911 if you need an ambulance. Next, report the accident to someone. If you fall at a business, fill out an incident report, and make certain that someone from management is aware of your fall.

Tell the truth. Do not minimize any aches or pains that you feel. Get medical assistance as soon as you can.

Call a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney as soon as possible so that evidence may be collected and preserved.

If possible, take pictures of the scene of the accident.  If you were involved in a car accident, take pictures of the other vehicle’s property damage, license plate, and location of the vehicles. Take pictures, if possible, of any marks on the road, such as skid marks, that may point toward the cause of the accident. If the accident was a slip and fall, pictures of the obstacle that caused the slip and fall should be taken from different angles.

In addition to taking pictures, accident victims should also write down any facts that may be important to showing how the accident happened. For example: witness names and telephone numbers, weather conditions, lighting conditions, etc.

Before contacting any insurance company, accident victims should speak to a Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorney. Our attorneys can advise on what to say, and what not to say, to the insurance company. This is important as any statements made to the insurance company can hurt a future claim. It is also important that you know which insurance to use for payment of your medical bills. This will depend on your particular situation.

With more than 100 years of combined experience, at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles, we provide exceptional service with proven results in New Jersey personal injury cases. Our team of skilled legal professionals can help you with all legal aspects of your slip and fall claim and beyond.

Preserving Evidence

Evidence can be lost, and must be preserved. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will find it, preserve it, and maximize its affect. Our attorneys will locate witnesses and obtain statements. We will take photographs of the accident scene, and your injuries. We will obtain and organize and make sense of your medical records. The attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles are here to help you every step of the way.

Medical Bills

Unpaid medical bills are a primary source of ruined credit and bankruptcy. We are here to help make sure that does not happen to you. There are several ways that your medical bills may get paid.  Depending on your personal situation, your bills may be paid by your your health insurance policy, or they may be paid by Medicare/Medicaid. If you have no insurance at all, we can still help you get the treatment that you need. It is important that your medical bills get submitted to the proper place from the beginning of your treatment because time may run out and your insurance company may be legally able to refuse to pay. We inform every single medical provider of the proper place to submit your bills to make certain that you pay as little as possible out of your pocket for treatment.

Disability Payments

If you are unable to work as a result of your injuries, you may be entitled to disability payments either from the State of New Jersey, a private insurance company, or your auto insurance policy. We can help you apply for these benefits, and make certain that you receive them.

Treatment

The most important aspect of any personal injury case is making certain that you get proper medical treatment. Health is not replaceable. We want you to recover from your injuries to the full extent possible. We can assist you in finding doctors that treat your type of injuries, and who will also accept your type of insurance.

Negotiating

Insurance companies have adjusters, investigators, and attorneys whose only job is to keep you from getting compensated for your losses. We have over 100 years of experience in negotiating slip and fall accident cases. Our experience gives us the ability to properly evaluate the value of your case. We use that knowledge to educate you as to what you can expect, and to maximize your recovery.

Litigation

The accident attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles are litigation attorneys. In the event your meritorious case cannot be settled, the attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles will file a lawsuit. Not only will we keep you advised of significant developments in your case as it progresses, we will be with you throughout every stage of the litigation process. This will include answering Interrogatories, which are written questions sent by the other side, preparing you for your deposition, and preparing you for Court Arbitration. We are litigation lawyers and we are in Court, taking depositions, going to trial, or meeting with our clients every day.

Trial

While most cases settle, for the few cases that do not, you should demand a competent, experienced, and skilled trial attorney. Not all attorneys know how to go to trial. All of the slip and fall attorneys at Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles have tried cases before juries. Our results speak for themselves.

Contact Our New Jersey Slip and Fall Attorneys Now

If you have been hurt due to the fault of someone else, we know what a difficult time this is for you. You are not alone. Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles attorneys are here to help.

Contact Taylor, Taylor, Cohen & Bowles. We are the personal injury attorneys who will fight for your rights and stand by your side – in and out of court.

This is a time when your focus needs to be on your physical and emotional recovery. Let us handle the rest. Contact us today and learn more about how we can help.

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