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“Slip and fall” is somewhat of a catch-all term used in cases where a person slips, trips, or stumbles on another person’s or business’s property and then falls, causing an injury. While the term slip and fall makes you think of an icy sidewalk or a wet floor, fall injuries can be caused by everything from cracked sidewalks and potholes to uneven stairs and poor lighting. Many defective, unsafe conditions can lead to a slip injury. Depending on the circumstances, the property owner can be held legally responsible, resulting in a financial settlement for the injured person. In such instances, it’s best to have an experienced slip and fall lawyer, such as Edward P. Shamy, Jr., on your side.
If you’re injured while working, you don’t have to prove your employer was negligent. Even if you lose your balance and fall off a ladder and you alone are at fault, you still have a workers’ compensation case. If you’re injured due to a slip and trip accident when you’re not working, you have to prove negligence by a third party.
New Jersey is a “comparative negligence” state. That means you have to prove the other party was at least 50% negligent in causing your personal injury. For example, suppose you slip and trip on an icy sidewalk in front of a coffee shop. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the coffee shop owner is 100% negligent. Did you see the ice? If so, did you take extra care to avoid slipping or walking around it? Did other people walk in the same area and not fall? These and other questions determine the strength of a slip and fall lawsuit in North Brunswick, NJ, and the surrounding areas.
So the question remains; are slip and fall lawsuits hard to win? The honest answer is that it depends on the specific facts of each case. Slip and fall cases are fact-sensitive, which means that the details really matter when assessing the prospects for success on the case. If you are in the Middlesex County, NJ area, including in New Brunswick, South Brunswick Township, or even Somerset, you can contact Edward P. Shamy, Jr. as your slip and fall lawyer to represent you and help you obtain the proper compensation for your slip injury.
Slip and fall compensation is based on the extent of the fall injuries in question and the negligence of the business or property owner. For example, if the defendant is 95% liable for the slip and fall, and the injury is serious, the compensation to the injured party is likely to be substantial provided you have the right slip and fall lawyer representing you.
Conversely, if you suffer a severe injury, but the defendant is only 50% at fault for the accident, then the outcome will be lower than a case in which the defendant’s negligence is 95%. The reasoning for this is that the full value of the injury is reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of comparative negligence.
Keep in mind that most slip and fall cases settle before trial, with fewer than 10% of all cases actually going to trial before a jury. The fact is, people who are injured and receive slip and fall compensation are probably dealing with life-changing injuries.
If you live in the Middlesex County, NJ area and are seeking a slip and fall lawyer to help with your payout or settlement, turn to the Law Offices of Edward P. Shamy, Jr.
Edward P. Shamy, Jr. has represented injured individuals who have received a wide range of payments, including payouts of greater than three-quarters of a million dollars. We can review the facts, help you determine how strong your case is, and pursue the compensation you deserve.
Contact the Law Offices of Edward P. Shamy, Jr. today if you are in need of a slip and fall lawyer in the following areas: