An Irvington, New Jersey resident was returning from a family Christmas party to his residence in the early hours of December 26, 2008 when he was caused to slip and fall on an accumulation of snow and ice on an untreated sidewalk in front of his apartment rental. The man’s three year old daughter had fallen asleep in the car on the way home. The man was carrying his sleeping daughter in his arms when he fell. The man suffered no serious injury after the fall. Unfortunately, his daughter sustained a significant laceration to her forehead that required over two hours of plastic surgery at nearby Saint Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey. The scar to her forehead likely will be permanent. In this case, the property management company responsible for clearing any ice and snow from the premises clearly failed to live up to the duty of care required to its tenants. Lawful visitors are also owed a duty of care.
Often, a property management company will hire a snow removal company to handle this responsibility. Regardless of the arrangement, injured tenants or visitors can recover damages for pain and suffering and for a loss of wages. Outstanding medical bills also can be included in a claim. If you have been injured due to a property owner’s failure to fulfill its duty of care, you may be entitled to damages. Please call a New Jersey premises injury attorney at the law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for a free consultation. It is important to inquire as to your rights shortly following the New Jersey slip and fall accident. Consult with an attorney at the law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for a free consultation before insurance companies begin to obtain written or recorded statements that could damage your claim later on.