If you were injured after slipping and falling on snow or ice in Trenton, Cherry Hill or anywhere in New Jersey, contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.
Snow, sleet and ice come with winter in New Jersey. Those weather conditions make it difficult to get around outside, especially if you’re walking. Temperatures can fluctuate from below freezing to above freezing. That means snow and ice where people walk keeps thawing and then freezing again. Without proper maintenance, pedestrian areas like sidewalks and parking lots get dangerous. That’s when slip-and-falls occur, and people get injured. If a slip-and-fall victim is injured as a result of the negligence of an owner or occupier of real estate, that victim might be eligible for compensation.
In New Jersey, it matters where a slip-and-fall on snow and ice occurs. One of the issues is whether the property was residential or commercial. The general rule is that the owner of a single family private residence has no duty at all to remove natural accumulations of snow and ice from their property. However, under New Jersey law, a homeowner may be fined for failing to remove snow and ice in accordance with local municipal law. Every township or municipality has different laws regarding snow and ice removal for sidewalks. A Cherry Hill Township ordinance requires residents to remove snow within 48 hours of daylight following a snowfall. If a resident or homeowner removes snow, they must do it in a reasonably safe manner. They can’t make matters worse.
Owners and occupiers of commercial property must protect the public from foreseeable injuries. That includes removing the hazards to pedestrians that are created by snow and ice. Failure to remove snow and ice coupled with a slip-and-fall could result in liability for a commercial owner or occupier of real estate. Who had control of the property where the slip-and-fall occurred might be pivotal in the liability context, but even a snow removal business or a renter might be held liable for slip-and-fall injuries. In fact, many times a lawsuit can be brought against both the snow removal contractor and the property owner for not properly removing the snow and/or not properly salting the ice on a sidewalk of parking lot.
Can I handle my own injury claim?
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident on snow or ice, taking on a multi-billion dollar insurance company by yourself will probably turn into a series of big mistakes. The resulting harm is likely to prejudice your case, and that harm might be irreparable. The law doesn’t require you to cooperate with the insurer on the other side of your case. You’re under no legal duty to provide it with a medical authorization or any kind of statement. They only intend on using those against you in the future.
Contact a Cherry Hill NJ Personal Injury Lawyer
Rather than damaging a perfectly good case, you can contact us right away after being injured in any slip-and-fall accident for professional and aggressive representation. Your consultation and case review will be free, and there’s no obligation either. Our goal is to maximize any compensation that you might receive for your injuries. You don’t need to bring a penny with you to retain us either. That’s because we don’t get paid any legal fees unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. There’s no reason not to contact us after being injured in any residential or commercial slip-and-fall in Cherry Hill, Camden, Gloucester Township, Vineland, Washington Township, Evesham, Egg Harbor Township, Mount Laurel, Trenton, or anywhere in New Jersey.