What can cause a sidewalk slip and fall accident?

During the winter months, snow can accumulate on surfaces that people walk on daily. This can cause these surfaces to become slippery and dangerous for people since they may slip and fall. If they are involved in a slip and fall accident, they can be severely injured. These injuries may be long-lasting as well. This can have a large effect on someone’s life. It can also cause financial burdens to add up. Not all slip and fall accidents are caused by weather conditions though. They can also be caused by loose debris on sidewalks, uneven pavement and more. Any present hazards can cause an accident to occur. These accidents can lead to serious injuries for some individuals. This can create trouble for them when they are seriously harmed and need to recover from injuries.

Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident?

For slip and fall accidents, injured individuals will have to prove the property owner was responsible for not disposing of the hazard. These cases involve the burden of proof. Fulfilling the burden of proof can hold someone responsible. Most sidewalks are supposed to be the responsibility of the property owner that is adjacent to that piece of sidewalk. This can be a private citizen, a commercial property owner or a municipality that can own the site. The victim of the accident will have to prove negligence on the part of the property owner. This means that the victim will have to prove that the owner knew or should have reasonably known about the dangerous condition of the sidewalk and failed to address it. It is important to seek medical attention to get the attention you need to address your injuries. This can provide documentation of your injuries, proving the effects of the slip and fall accident. If there were witnesses to your accident, they can help build a case and validate your incident. Preserving evidence in any way for these situations is very important in creating a case for your incident. In order to do so, you can seek the help of our attorneys. We can gather evidence for you and advise you in the best way possible.

The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding criminal charges and procedures.