A slip and fall accident can happen virtually anywhere, but if it happens on the property of another person, it might give rise to a personal injury claim if the property owner is to blame for the incident.
Let's consider the hypothetical scenario of a New Jersey woman in her mid-50s. She spends most of her week at the office, and on the weekends, she takes care of her grandson. Like anyone else, this woman needs to enter a lot of different properties to take care of her and her family's life needs. She'll be going to the grocery store, stopping for food, going to the bank, etc.
If this woman slips and injures herself at one of these properties because the property owner failed to keep the premises safe, it could have devastating effects on her life. She might not be able to go to work while she's recovering. She might not be able to take care of her grandson. These difficulties, and the financial damages associated with them, might be recoverable from the property owner if the woman pursues a slip and fall accident claim in court.
A real slip and fall accident from 2014
Now, let's take a look at a real slip-and-fall accident that involved a woman in her 50s who fell in 2014 at a New Jersey ShotRite store.
According to the lawsuit, a 55-year-old woman had been shopping for produce at ShopRite on Oct. 6, 2014, when she slipped on a string bean. The string bean was on the floor at the time, and caused the woman to take a violent fall. The lawsuit says that the woman's injuries were severe, permanent, disabling and disfiguring. She has suffered, and will continue to suffer pain and torment - mentally and physically - as a result of her injuries, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit highlighted the grocery store's culpability for the woman's fall by showing that store negligently allowed the string beans to fall from the shelves and failed to offer "walk-off mats" that would have prevented slips and falls. The lawsuit further claimed that ShotRite knew the area was dangerous to its customers.
The woman has not been able to work since she was injured, and she currently owes money to pay for her medical care. The lawsuit, which is pending in Bergen County Superior Court, used these facts to try and prove that ShotRite's negligence was the cause of the woman's injuries and damages.
Every slip-and-fall accident is different
Not all slip-and-fall events will lead to a viable personal injury lawsuit. However, by speaking with a qualified New Jersey slip-and-fall accident lawyer injured parties can evaluate the facts surrounding their accident and injuries to determine whether they could pursue a claim for financial damages.