Snow Accident & Ice Injury Lawyers In New Jersey
We Take on Insurance Companies When You’ve Been Hurt
New Jersey sees plenty of snow and ice every winter. This kind of weather makes driving hazardous, but it also leads to an increase in slip and fall accidents that leave people seriously hurt and wondering “Can I sue?”
When commercial property owners fail to keep their premises safe, the personal injury lawyers at Shebell & Shebell, LLC hold them accountable. Our offices are located in Shrewsbury and Newark.
No matter where you were injured in New Jersey, our ice injury and snow accident attorneys will find the right person or entity that is responsible for your pain. We will hold them liable for your injuries and build a strong case for maximum compensation.
Who is liable in a snow or ice accident?
In general, state and local laws require owners to do a “reasonable” and timely job of removing snow and ice from their property. Unless your injury occurs during an active snow event, failure to timely remove snow and ice may expose the property owner to liability for your injuries. Negligence is a breach of the legal “duty of care” standard property owners owe the public. This breach of duty of care to customers and others who are lawfully on the premises may expose the owner and tenant to liability claims.
Keeping outdoor parking lots and walkways reasonably clear from snow and ice is the responsibility of owners to prevent harm to customers. This can include shoveling or plowing snow and putting salt, calcium chloride, or another de-icer on icy areas. This should be done as soon as possible following a storm before people walk into those areas. Otherwise, the result can be a slip and fall accident that leaves someone hurt. ANSI and ASTM standards have specific requirements that establishments should comply with in slip, trip, and fall incidents.
In addition, we handle workers’ compensation claims and third-party lawsuits for employees who were injured after they slipped on ice at work.
What are some common slip and fall on ice injuries?
There are many different types of injuries that people can suffer when they slip on snow or ice. These include broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, dislocated shoulders, ankle sprains and knee injuries. Seniors are far more vulnerable to serious injuries.
After a slip and fall accident, someone may need surgery, hospitalization, medication and physical therapy. Recovery can take weeks, months or even longer. Medical expenses can add up very quickly, but if a person has to miss work, there is less income coming in. Money can get tight during this time.
Our Attorneys Fight to Hold Negligent Parties Accountable
If you were injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident caused by the failure of a property or business owner to inspect and correct dangerous conditions that exist on their property, you deserve financial compensation. Recovering that compensation may be a difficult process. One reason is that owners usually don’t accept responsibility and deny doing anything wrong.
Another reason is that insurance companies aren’t on your side. They care about profits and will try to pay you as little as they possibly can. They may argue that your injuries were pre-existing and had nothing to do with the fall. Insurance companies may even try to put some of the blame for the accident on you.
That’s why you need an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to fight back against the insurance companies. Our firm has been helping the injured in New Jersey since our founding in 1927. We know the tactics that insurance companies use to try to minimize your claim and we don’t tolerate them.
We begin by investigating your accident to find out what really happened. Our legal team gathers evidence, such as photographs taken soon after the accident. We identify and interview witnesses. In these cases, we may consult experts who can tell us if an owner took adequate and proper steps to keep the premises safe.
The Experience That Gets Results In Personal Injury Cases
Our attorneys know how to get results. We know the laws and how to put together solid cases. Attorney Thomas F. Shebell, III underwent a rigorous process to become Board-Certified by the state Supreme Court in the field of civil trial law. We work harder, because we think our clients deserve the best representation that we can give them.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident involving snow or ice, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, located in Shrewsbury and Newark.