Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Contact the Lawyers Who Get Results for Injured People
A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can leave you with serious and permanent injuries. These types of accidents are often preventable, but too many property and business owners fail to keep their premises safe trying to save money at the expense of their customers’ safety. You deserve financial compensation for what happened to you, but the process can be complicated. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Shebell & Shebell, LLC can help get you the most possible compensation for your injuries.
Where slip and fall accidents occur
Accidents on any type of property can lead to a slip and fall claim. We represent people injured in all types of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents on both private, commercial and even public places. Cases we have handled have been the result of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents at locations ranging from big-box stores, restaurants, bars, hotels, stadiums, casinos, and other indoor businesses; as well as in outdoor incidents such as: amusement parks, water parks, parking lots, sidewalks, driveways, and walkways. We also represent people hurt inside and outside private homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes.
Regardless of the type of property, owners have a responsibility to take various reasonable measures to keep their premises safe for visitors or warn them of dangerous conditions. When they fail to meet these responsibilities, people can be permanently hurt. A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can happen due to various conditions, including:
- Wet floors
- Cracked pavement
- Cluttered walkways
- Damaged carpeting
- Loose floorboards
- Poor lighting
- Broken stairs and poorly maintained staircases
- A lack of handrails
- Lack of snow and ice removal
- Failure to reasonably respond to weather conditions (for instance, letting rainwater leak into a building)
When there’s a slip and fall accident, people can be seriously hurt. Few people realize that fall down injuries are one of the leading causes of premature death in our country. People involved in these accidents can suffer fractures (broken bones) or injuries to their head, back or neck. They may need surgical procedures, medication and physical therapy. Recovery can take weeks, months or an entire lifetime. Some people are left with a permanent disability, or chronic pain such as migraine headaches or back pain. Our attorneys always fight for the compensation our clients deserve, and we are never looking for a handout from the insurance company. Residences and business have insurance for a reason. Don’t fall into the trap insurance companies set but making you try to feel bad by pursuing compensation for exactly what the residence or business had insurance coverage to protect.
We understand the seriousness of slip and falls
Many people think of falls as minor accidents, but if you’ve been hurt in a bad fall, you know firsthand that that’s not the case. In fact, falls are the leading cause of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Injuries to the foot, ankle, or leg can limit your mobility, and elbow, arm, knee, or shoulder injuries may require surgery and cause permanent loss of use. It’s common for injuries sustained in a fall to require surgery or cause chronic pain. A broken nose or injury to the face can cause disfigurement. These are all serious injuries that demand serious compensation.
That’s why it’s important to see a doctor right away. Go to urgent care, the emergency room, or your primary care doctor, and tell them what happened. Doing this not only protects your health but also creates a record of your injuries in case an insurance company later disputes them. It’s also why you need to talk to an attorney about your legal rights as soon as possible.
There are various time restrictions that apply to your ability to pursue compensation, so do not delay in contacting our experienced team of trial attorneys.
Should I sue for slip and fall?
When someone slips or trips and falls due to a hazard and is injured, we can file a claim so that the property owner or business owner can be held liable for injuries. There are many options in pursuing compensation, and our team is in the best position to advise you all your avenues of recovery. For example, victims of injury have the right to bring a premises liability claim and recover compensation from the person, business or government entity that owns or manages the property where the accident occurred when their negligence caused the hazard to exist.
Insurance companies have spent millions of dollars trying to make you feel bad about pursuing compensation that you are entitled to. The insurance company wins when you decide not to pursue a claim. Also the negligent property owner also wins by allowing a hazardous condition to continue, which might affect and injure even more people. By pursuing claims, you are protecting your own future, and are protecting the safety of others by showing lazy property owners that they must maintain their property. You are also showing the insurance company that they can’t just take these property owner’s insurance premiums without actually paying the people that coverage is meant to compensate.
How do slip and fall cases work in New Jersey?
If a person was hurt in a slip and fall accident, they have the right to file a lawsuit to recover money to compensate for injuries, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical bills and lost time from work, and other damages the victim may have suffered. This compensation can cover various issues such as doctor’s expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of the ability to do one’s normal activities.
How much should I settle for a slip and fall?
There is no straightforward answer on what an average slip and fall settlement may be worth, because it depends on many factors. Recovery from injuries can take weeks, months or an entire lifetime. A victim suffering an injury may need surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy and other forms of treatment. A person may miss work because of injuries, resulting in a loss of income. Every person’s body and life is different, and every individual suffers a different kind of impact from an injury. Our experienced team of trial lawyers has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of people injured in fall downs, and we can explain in detail the process and potential ranges of settlement after reviewing your case.
Are slip and fall cases hard to win?
If a person is hurt in a slip and fall accident caused by the negligence of a property or business owner, they deserve financial compensation for injuries. Recovering compensation can be a complicated process. Property owners typically deny responsibility for the accident, and don’t admit to doing anything wrong. Our experienced team has successfully pursued compensation for people injured in falls for almost 100 years, starting when Thomas F. Shebell, Esq. started the firm in 1927.
Insurance companies are supposed to help when a person is hurt in an accident, but they are mostly concerned with protecting their profits. They will try to pay as little as possible, or nothing at all. They may argue that injuries were pre-existing or that the victim was to blame for causing the accident. Let us use our collective experience dating back almost a century on your behalf.
The insurance companies try to take advantage of slip and fall victims
They work this way because they know how high the cost of a slip and fall can be. If your injury requires surgery, hospital care, and physical therapy, the cost of treatment can easily stretch into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you have chronic pain, you may need to be on pain medication for the rest of your life. In addition to medical bills, you need compensation for your lost income and other costs. You deserve to be made whole again, but as far as the insurance company is concerned, you’re just exposure to their bottom line. That’s where we come in.
Our Attorneys Fight For Your Rights
Our firm has been helping the injured recover the financial compensation they deserve since our founding in 1927. We know how insurance companies try to limit compensation. Our attorneys take on the insurance companies and build strong cases that they can’t ignore.
We start by investigating your accident to find out every possible avenue of pursuing compensation on your behalf. Our legal team gathers evidence. We carefully review documentation, such as police reports and medical records. We identify witnesses and interview them. If needed, we hire experts such as engineers, safety experts, and medical experts to inspect the premises, or examine you to provide added support to our claim.
We also put in the effort to build a case for the full amount of compensation you need. Depending on the extent of your injuries, that may include compensation for:
- Medical expenses. Everything from the ambulance ride to the hospital, to diagnostics such as X-rays, to surgery and other treatment, to follow-up care such as rehabilitation and physical therapy, and even mileage to and from your appointments should be covered.
- Future medical costs. For instance, if you hurt your knee in a hard fall, and a doctor can ascertain that you are now at an elevated risk of future knee surgery, the cost of that future surgery should be covered.
- Medication and medical devices, including assistive devices such as canes or walkers.
- Lost wages and lost future earnings if the injury affects your ability to work, as well as vocational rehabilitation if you need to change careers due to a permanent injury.
- Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate a disability.
- Pain and suffering, loss of consortium, lost quality of life, and other non-economic damages.
Our job is to assess the available insurance coverage, understand the full extent of your injury, and find the best path forward to get the compensation you need to rebuild your life. This can be a challenging process, but we’re committed to see it through. We use our experience to build strong cases that the insurance company can’t ignore.
Call The Law Firm That Knows How To Get Results
When insurance companies see that we have built a strong case, they usually agree to start talking about a settlement. We’re only interested in a settlement that meets your needs. This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to your injury. It includes any lost wages and compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering. If they won’t make a fair offer, we are always prepared to take them to court.
Managing Partner Thomas F. Shebell, III is Board-Certified by the state Supreme Court in Civil Trial Law. Only 2 percent of attorneys in the state have earned this certification. The other attorneys in our team, including Jack Sanders and Mark Apostolou, are also Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Civil Trial Law. It is a difficult process that requires experience, peer references and rigorous testing but we work harder for our clients in order to serve them better.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, contact us to learn more about how we can help. We offer a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We’ll review the details of your case, explain your options and answer any questions that you have. Our offices are conveniently located in Shrewsbury and Newark.