New Jersey Snow and Ice Accident Lawyers
Winter weather in New Jersey can be beautiful but also treacherous. A recent study found that slips and trips on ice accounted for approximately 97% of outdoor fall injuries, especially among people between the ages of 65-75. However, no one is immune to a fall on an icy street. Property owners and managers have a responsibility to keep their premises safe, especially during winter weather. If you’ve slipped and fallen due to the negligence of another party, you may have a case for compensation.
When you work with Harrell Law Firm, you put experience and knowledge on your side. Insurance companies work hard to protect their profit margins, but having an attorney protects your rights and ensures you get the money you are entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re happy to answer your questions and assess your case.
Why You Need a New Jersey Snow and Ice Accident Lawyer
Our team of winning New Jersey slip and fall lawyers will fight for your right to fair and reasonable compensation to cover your losses:
As a snow and ice accident victim, you may be up against well-funded corporations with dedicated legal teams. These entities will do everything possible to minimize or deny your claim. You need a trusted legal team to level the playing field.
We know how to gather evidence and build a strong case. Our Wall Township attorneys will leverage our substantive resources, knowledge, and experience to gather evidence and build a strong case. We thoroughly investigate the accident scene, interview witnesses, collect medical records, and consult with experts if needed. This comprehensive approach helps us present a compelling argument in negotiations or court.
Under New Jersey law, property owners have a duty to maintain reasonably safe conditions. If a property owner is negligent, leading to a serious accident, they may be liable. However, proving negligence can be challenging. Working with an attorney is essential to ensure you get the best possible result.
Common Causes of Snow and Ice-Related Accidents
New Jersey municipal safety codes may require commercial properties to clear the way within 12 hours of snowfall, while others require removal in as little as 4 hours.
Here are the most common causes of accidents in icy winter weather:
- Inadequate snow and ice removal: When property owners fail to remove snow or ice from their premises, they put everyone at risk. This is especially true for commercial properties that often have high foot traffic.
- Snowmelt from wet footwear creates slippery floors inside.
- Snow covering and obscuring tripping hazards like curbs
- No handrails or broken handrails: Handrails help people maintain balance and stability while walking on icy stairs or uneven surfaces in the winter. When they are missing or damaged, falls are more likely to occur.
- Poor lighting: Dark areas make it difficult for people to see potential hazards, such as patches of ice. Property owners should ensure proper lighting to prevent accidents.
Injuries Caused by Falls on Ice or Snow
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of five falls result in serious injury. Every year, 800,000 people are hospitalized for injuries caused by falls.
Common slip and fall injuries included the following:
- Head injury, including traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and bruises
- Back injuries
Finally, hypothermia or frostbite is possible if the person cannot get up or does not receive timely assistance. The CDC estimates that the nationwide total cost for falls surpassed $50 billion.
What To Do After a Snow and Ice Accident in New Jersey
Safety should be the top priority after a snow or ice accident. Each case is different, but these guidelines could help:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you feel fine. This creates essential documentation of your injuries.
- Document the incident by taking photographs or making notes of what happened.
- Gather witness contact information because you may need them to make statements or testify later.
- Request and secure medical records to show the extent of your injuries.
- Document any income loss caused by missing or reducing work because of your injuries.
Even the most minor details could be crucial to your case. Additionally, most attorneys recommend not discussing the accident or admitting fault until you consult an attorney.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Harrell Law Firm
A property owner has a duty of care to keep their premises safe for visitors. A serious slip and fall injury in icy conditions can put the victim in the hospital or rehabilitative care for weeks or months. They cannot work or care for their family. They may never recover fully.
We understand the gravity of your situation. We know how difficult it can be when medical expenses and other bills pile up, and you’re unable to work to support your family because of your injuries. Contact us today to request your free case evaluation. We work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront legal fees. We look forward to hearing from you.