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Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer – New Jersey

Slip and Fall Accident Tips

When the Fall season ends, the slip and falls begin.

 

When the snow and ice hits New Jersey, there are two areas where personal injury law firms always see a major increase in seriously injured clients; weather-related car and truck accidents and slip and fall accidents.

We have discussed car and truck accidents in many recent blog posts, including this quick video from Bryan Mintz.

Today we will focus on the slip and fall accidents. Every winter we see an increased rate of people suffering with broken bones and other serious injuries from these accidents. Slip and Fall accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and the resulting medical bills can be significant.

I just slipped and fell and might be injured, what should I do?

1. Get Medical Attention

The top priority following a slip and fall accident (or any other type of accident) is always getting medical attention.

Victims of slip and fall accidents often just try to get right up and continue walking even when in a great deal of pain. While some victims may feel embarrassed for falling or are just reluctant to seek out help, it is critical to remain at the scene and request assistance.

If you’ve been injured, it’s important to see a doctor for a full examination, so that your injuries can be properly documented. The medical records from your initial medical treatment will be important should you decide to file a lawsuit.

2. Report the Accident

No matter where the slip and fall accident occurs, be sure you report it to a manager, owner or landlord. Many businesses will have an incident form or something similar when a slip and fall occurs. You will want to get the report of the incident in writing and ask the manager, owner or landlord for a copy before you leave the scene.

 

*****NOTE***** As we mentioned in Step # 1, medical attention is always the top priority. If you are in too much pain and/or unable to fully inspect and document the scene, seek out the help of others when possible for these next recommended steps.

3. Inspect the Scene 

There are several common causes of slip and fall accidents, including icy sidewalks, wet floors and uneven surfaces (see our full list at the bottom of this article). It is important for you to look around the scene of your incident, so that you’re able to determine the likely cause.

4. Identify Witnesses

If there any potential witnesses, you will want to ask them for names, phone number and emails.

Even if someone at the scene did not see the actual fall, that person might be able to describe the conditions of the area immediately after the fall (i.e. confirm the sidewalk was icy). That witness might also be able to confirm that you appeared to be in a high level of pain following the fall.

5. Take Photos/Document Everything

Always take several pictures of the scene where the slip and fall accident occurred. This pictures should include close-up photos of exactly where you fell down and some photos from further back that can help show the overall scene.

Be sure to take some notes documenting any details of your slip and fall accident. Try to remember what you were doing right before the slip and fall occurred. Noting the time of day that you fell, conditions of the scene (lighting, flooring, etc.), along with any other details from the fall are important as well.

6. Speak With An Experienced Lawyer

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need to contact an experienced Personal Injury Law Firm as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can discuss a potential lawsuit with you, and if necessary, get started right away in fighting on your behalf.

Acting quickly to contact an attorney is critical. The more time that has passed since the accident, the less likely the chances are of obtaining any video evidence.

When do you have a case?

Many people believe that if they fall on someone’s property, the owner is responsible no matter how the accident occurred. That is a common misconception, however, and why you must consult with a lawyer that can investigate the circumstances and see if you may have a case.

We recommend contacting a New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm like Mintz & Geftic as soon as possible if you are injured from a slip and fall accident.

An experienced personal injury law firm, like Mintz & Geftic, does not get paid until our clients get paid. We always offer free consultations and are here to help our clients throughout the entire process.

 

*****Bonus Tip*****  Do Not Discuss Details with Others

This tip applies to anyone involved in any type of personal injury lawsuit. Do not ever post any details related to your accident on social media. Decline to give a statement to anyone until you’ve spoken to an attorney.

After your slip and fall accident, you may be approached by insurance adjusters and attorneys from the responsible party. In any of these situations, decline to discuss the case with them and kindly ask them to reach out to your attorney.

 

 

Common causes of slip and fall accidents

Ice on sidewalks: Ice on sidewalks and walkways are a serious hazard. Property owners have a duty to clear these areas within a reasonable time.

Wet floors from melting snow: The pooling of water from snow that melts near entrance ways of businesses also leads to a high number of slip and fall accidents in the winter.

Uneven surfaces:  Uneven levels and large cracks in walkways or sidewalks can cause slips and falls.

Dimly lit stairways: A property owner should keep all public areas well lit to avoid slips and falls.

Construction defects: Loose steps or railings on stairways, misplaced parking lot bumpers, and various trip hazards are common examples of a construction defects that can cause serious injuries.

Cluttered aisles: Boxes or loose merchandise and equipment left in aisles or placing too much merchandise into tight spaces can create tripping hazards to guest of stores.

Liquid spills: When liquids are spilled on a floor or carried in on the boots or shoes of visitors, the property owner has a duty to clean it up.

 

 

 

MINTZ & GEFTIC – New Jersey Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers

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All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

We give personal attention to all of our clients. Have you or a loved one been injured in a slip and fall accident?  Call the best New Jersey lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

If you were injured slipping and falling on ice or snow, call us today at 908-352-2323. You can contact our injury lawyers via email by clicking here.

Our injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union, Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Short Hills, New Jersey and in New York City.

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injury, back injury, burn injury, broken bones and traumatic brain injury. 

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact Mintz & Geftic today for a free consultation. 

Mintz & Geftic’s Big Autumn – Over $1 Million Recovered for Clients!

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Thanksgiving weekend has arrived and it’s been a season to remember for Mintz & Geftic, and most importantly, our clients. In just the last couple of months, we have worked to obtain a number of settlements for our clients that have totaled over one million dollars!


On this Thanksgiving holiday, we are truly thankful to all of our clients for putting their trust in Mintz & Geftic to fight on their behalf.

We represent clients who have been seriously injured and have endured a great deal of pain and suffering. There is nothing that makes us happier than helping our clients get the justice they deserve.

 

Here are a few highlights from these recent settlements:

 

$476,000 Settlement in a Slip and Fall

$476,000 settlement for an Elizabeth, New Jersey worker in a slip and fall case

. While she was working as a janitor at an office building in Millburn, New Jersey, our client fell on recently painted steps causing significant injuries resulting in multiple surgeries. These work injuries included a torn rotator cuff, fractured clavicle, fractured rib. and fractured ankle.

$390,000 of the settlement in this slip and fall lawsuit was for negligence of the landlord and $85,830 was for our client’s workers’ compensation benefits.

 

$260,000 Settlement for Injuries Suffered in a Truck Accident

$260,000 settlement for an Elizabeth, New Jersey worker injured during a truck accident. The worker suffered neck and back injuries when the oil delivery truck that he was driving was struck by a tractor trailer.

The worker’s neck injuries resulted in a cervical discectomy and decompression and fusion surgery at the C5-6 level.

 

$120,000 Settlement for Injuries Suffered in a Car Accident

$120,000 settlement for an Irvington, New Jersey woman that was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck from behind.

The rear end collision caused shoulder and knee injuries and our client required both arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries. She suffered from aggravation of pre-existing back injuries as well in the car accident.

 

$100,000 Settlement for Injuries Suffered in a Car Accident

$100,000 settlement for an Elizabeth, New Jersey woman who suffered neck and shoulder injuries when involved in a rear-end car accident.

The neck injuries resulted in a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery at the C5-6 level.  The woman also underwent right shoulder arthroscopy for the shoulder injuries caused by the car accident.  The case settled for all available insurance, which comprised of $15,000 from the defendant driver and $85,000 from the client’s own underinsured motorist (UIM) protection insurance coverage.

 

$50,000 Settlement for Injury While Jogging

A New Jersey woman, while jogging, suffered a laceration to the bridge of her nose as well as a deviated septum, when she tripped over raised and uneven pavers in front of a Livingston, New Jersey supermarket.  She fortunately made an excellent recovery with minimal scarring and the uneven pavers were fixed within approximately one week of the accident.

 

You can see more of our results by clicking here

 

 Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving - New Jersey Lawyers

 

 

MINTZ & GEFTIC – Elizabeth, New Jersey Injury Lawyers

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, injured at work call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you were injured a truck accident, car accident, construction accident, or were injured as a pedestrian, call us today at 908-352-2323. If you prefer contacting our injury lawyers via email, please click here.

Our car and truck accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injury, back injury, burn injury, broken bones and traumatic brain injury. 

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation. 

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our clients! Happy Thanksgiving to our families! Happy Thanksgiving to all of the people of New Jersey!!!

Meteor Shower Over NJ This Weekend

It’s Friday so we thought we’d mix in a quick blog post about something other than car accidents, workers’ comp and medical malpractice. Don’t worry, we’ll have more posts discussing slips and falls, accident injuries and other serious topics coming soon…but for now, who is ready to see a meteor shower?!NJ Personal Injury Lawyers Meteor Shower

 


The Orionid Meteor Shower 2017

The Orionid meteor shower lights up the night sky every year towards the end of October in “one of the most beautiful showers of the year,” according to NASA.

This weekend, with the lack of moonlight, skies will be dark and star gazers around the Garden State will have their best chance to see a show from space.

Some quick tips courtesy of your favorite New Jersey Personal Injury Law Firm (and mostly from space.com).

Best Time for Viewing the Meteor Shower

Meteors have already been flying across the sky sporadically since October 15, but the peak will occur in the early hours of Saturday (October 21st) and Sunday (October 22nd).

The best time for viewing each morning is around 2am and the hours leading up to dawn. Finding a spot with limited light pollution is ideal, but that’s easier said than done for many in New Jersey’s more urban areas.

Accident Lawyer note: Remember distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents, so drivers should pull over before trying to catch the meteor shower.

Where to Look

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How Many Meteors Can be Seen?

According to space.com, the Orionid shower sometimes peaks at 80 meteors per hour, and at other times, it’s closer to 20 or 30. The prediction for this year is that it will likely be on the lower end of that scale.

What Are the Meteors?

The meteors in the Orionid Meteor Shower are actually leftovers from Halley’s Comet.

Does anyone else remember that time back in the 80’s when your parents asked you to put down the Atari controller and go outside to look at something in space that only comes once every 75 years?

I decided to instead go for the high score in Space Invaders and take my chances on seeing the comet in 2061. A reasonable choice at the time.

Why is a Law Firm Writing About Meteor Showers?

Great question. We’ll need to get back to you on that one.

In the meantime, happy hunting and have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Accident Lawyers

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving accident call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you were injured a truck accident, car accident, construction accident, or were injured as a pedestrian, call us today at 908-352-2323. If you prefer contacting our accident lawyers via email, please click here.

Our car and truck accident injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injury, back injury, burn injury, broken bones and traumatic brain injury. 

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation. 

 

 

Sources:

 https://www.space.com/34373-orionid-meteor-shower-guide.html 

Top 10 Dangerous Facts About the 4th of July!

Elizabeth, New Jersey Lawyers Fourth of July Fireworks

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Warning: The following article might be considered a buzzkill

Yep, your favorite law firm is back to add a little gloom and doom to another joyous holiday.

We’ve already reminded you about Santa’s injury risk during the Christmas season and about how deadly the roads are on Memorial Day. Heck, holiday or not, we’ve even made some people start looking twice at every manhole cover that they walk by.

The Fourth of July in New Jersey

The 4th of July weekend is here. Independence Day in New Jersey means barbecues, fun with family and friends, hitting the Jersey Shore, or maybe all of the above for some residents of the Garden State.

Of course, as New Jersey lawyers for the seriously injured, we at Mintz & Geftic tend to look at the other things that come along with the Fourth of July; blowing things up, dangerous driving, drinking in the hot sun, and again, maybe all of the above for some New Jersey residents.

What’s the most common cause of injury on the Fourth of July?

What type of fireworks device causes the most injuries?

The answers might surprise you. See our list below for these answers and more interesting facts.

Top 10 Dangerous Facts About the Fourth of July

  1. On average, 230 people go to the emergency room each day with fireworks-related injuries in the two weeks before and after the Fourth of July.
  2. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,900 injuries treated in U.S. Hospital emergency rooms during the calendar year of 2015.

  3. The type of fireworks device causing the most injuries over the Fourth of July in 2015 were sparklers, with 1,900 estimated injuries.

  4. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

  5. When it comes to fireworks-related injuries, the body part(s) most injured are the hands and fingers.

  6. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for 26 percent of the estimated fireworks injuries in 2015.
  7. In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires, including 1,400 structural fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14.000 outside and other fires.

  8. The National Safety Council estimates indicate 582 people may be killed and an additional 66,900 may be seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes during the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. This makes car accidents the leading cause of injury, by far, on the Fourth of July weekend.
  9. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been tracking car crash statistics for over 25 years, and they show that, on average, 51% of all fatal automobile accidents on the 4th of July are related to alcohol. This is more than any other holiday.

  10. And finally, an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th of July.

 

All of us at Mintz & Geftic wish you and your families a very happy and safe Fourth of July!

 

Elizabeth, New Jersey Injury Lawyers

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident call us today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one received serious injuries in a truck accidentcar accidentconstruction accidenttrain accidentrailroad accident, or were injured in a pedestrian accident, call Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

If you or a loved one has been hurt at work and suffered work-related injured call Elizabeth, New Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers today at 908-352-2323.

Our Elizabeth serious injury lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey. This includes the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Union and Jersey City. We cover Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. Our New Jersey accident lawyers have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and in New York City.

We represent clients suffering with spinal cord injuryback injuryburn injurybroken bones and traumatic brain injury

If you are enduring physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, lost wages, medical expenses or any other hardship resulting from an accident please contact us today for a free consultation

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, contact New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today. Medical mistakes happen and we are here to help you understand the law. These mistakes include surgical errors, doctor or nursing mistakes, birth injuriesemergency room negligence and hospital negligence.

If you prefer contacting our Elizabeth, New Jersey personal injury lawyers via email, please click here.

All personal injury negligence cases require NO FEE unless we are successful in securing you a recovery to compensate you for your injuries and pain and suffering. 

WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!

Sources:

 CSPC.gov

NFPA.org

NSC.org

NHTSA.gov

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