Now that fall is upon us, the leaves are changing colors and the air is cooler. Enjoy it while you can because, soon, those gorgeous leaves will be on the ground creating yardwork and dangerous slip and fall conditions on sidewalks and walkways.
Owners and managers of buildings have a responsibility to all who visit to take precautions to prevent slip and falls on wet leaves. Further, leaves that are not swept, raked or blown aside can cover up dangerous uneven pavement and potholes that create serious tripping hazards.
Of course, slip and fall accidents can take place anywhere — inside or outside of a building. Inside a supermarket, for example, it’s common to slip on something that spilled and wasn’t cleaned up. When it’s raining, there are many slip and fall accidents in the entryways of in-and-out type buildings such as restaurants and pharmacies. Any building that has faulty floorboards, stairs and railing may present accidents waiting to happen.
However, autumn brings a particular threat. Leaves are falling faster than property owners can address the nuisance. When you add in rain and other precipitation, leaves become downright hazardous.
It’s important to know that if you fall on someone else’s property — a residence, a public place, a commercial building — the property owner may be held responsible for your injuries if they failed to make sure their premises was safe.
What to Do If You Slipped and Got Hurt Due to Leaves or Any other Premises Liability Issue
- Contact police and file a report about the incident.
- Seek medical help and get copies of all your records. If your injuries are extremely serious, deal with your health before contacting police.
- If you can, take photos (with you phone!) and collect contact information for any witnesses.
- Notify the management of the property, but do not speak to them about the details of what happened. Report the facts and allow your premises liability lawyer to speak on your behalf to the property owner/manager and/or their insurance company.
Finally, contact a knowledgeable New Jersey premises liability and personal injury lawyer who will fight for maximum compensation in your case. Often, the only thing you can do to get your medical bills covered in this type of accident is to file a lawsuit. An experienced lawyer can negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement on your behalf to avoid a lengthy court battle. However, make sure you choose a premises liability lawyer who isn’t afraid to go to court when the insurance company won’t negotiate in good faith.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact the successful premises liability lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. For 40 years, we have been helping clients injured in premises liability accidents. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation.