Helping victims injured by dangerous or defective property conditions in Bergen County
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur whenever a property or business owner fails reasonably to inspect or maintain a premises, including interiors and exteriors, or creates a hazardous condition and does nothing to fix it. A needless accident can also result from a landowner failing to warn of a danger he or she should have known about.
If you slipped on a snowy sidewalk that a store owner should have shoveled hours before, fell in the supermarket when no one had cleaned up the aisle, tripped on misaligned sidewalk edges, fell down stairs in poor condition or were otherwise injured in a fall while on or in someone else’s property or business, you may have a claim for negligence. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we have decades of experience in all types of slip and trip and fall cases — known as premises liability — and the results to prove it.
Where do slip and fall & trip and fall accidents occur?
Slip and fall cases are significantly different from other types of personal injury cases. The evidence of the condition that caused the injury often quickly disappears. The snow melts, the spill gets cleaned up or the stairs are repaired. If you are injured by tripping or slipping and falling, try to get photographs of the scene with a camera phone if you have one, the names and phone numbers of witnesses, and any physical evidence. Remember, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere you go, including:
Malls and shopping centers, including on escalators
Restaurants and bars
Fast-food restaurants, such as McDonald’s
Coffee shops, like Starbucks
Sidewalks and entryways maintained by stores and businesses
Parking lots or underground garages
Apartments or rental units
What are some typical property defects that cause accidents?
Using their decades of experience, our lawyers help victims recover compensation through a lawsuit or settlement for injuries caused by all types of dangerous property conditions and defects, including:
Grocery store spills
Dropped food and spills in restaurants, including fast-food and convenience stores
Slippery or wet floors, stairs or sidewalks
Slippery floor-cleaning products
Broken or uneven steps or stairs
Puddles, ice or snow
Swimming pool accidents
Cracked or uneven pavement, sidewalks or flooring
Torn or uneven carpeting
Cracked, uneven or poorly repaired sidewalks or passages
Negligent construction work
Inadequate or dim lighting
Failure to warn of hazards
Are slip and fall injuries serious?
Unfortunately, many people erroneously believe that trip and fall and slip and fall accidents are minor and should not result in a lawsuit. Falls can cause serious injuries, including badly broken bones in the wrist, arm, leg, foot or spine. Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in victims of all ages, accounting for more than 30 percent of new traumatic head injuries each year. While falls affect victims of all ages, children and older adults are particularly susceptible to these kind of injuries. Falls cause half of all traumatic brain injuries in children ages 14 and younger and more than 60 percent of brain injuries in adults ages 65 and older. Older adults are also particularly at risk for a spinal injury during a fall, with 25 percent of spinal cord injuries resulting from falls. Falls are the leading cause of spinal injuries in adults older than 65.