Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall are called defective premises cases and they vary a great deal depending on the circumstances of the fall. They are referred to as defective premises.
Trip & Fall and Slip & Fall accidents are incredibly common. Almost everyone falls at some point in their life and thankfully most of the time they’re not seriously hurt.
It depends upon the circumstances of the fall. Did the person fall on a private property? Was that private property in a residential setting? Was the private property in a commercial setting? Was the owner a public entity?
There are rules or laws for each of those circumstances. It also depends on whether the person was there for business or for personal reasons. They could even be a trespasser where they’re not really permitted to be there, and the law would be different in each of these situations.
The one we see most commonly is that someone slips on ice or snow in the winter time. Most of us have slipped on ice or snow at some point in our lives and most of the time we’re not hurt, but at times we are. This is probably the most common thing.
In other cases, sometimes you trip on something that is a trip hazard. It really shouldn’t be there and yet it is, and your foot catches it and you fall forward because your foot just gets hung up on this generally raised piece of a sidewalk or a stairway etc.
If you have been involved in a Slip & Fall or Trip & Fall Accident in New Jersey, call the law office of Attorney David Maran for a free initial consultation at (973) 622-5303 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.