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When a Slip and Fall Results in Catastrophic Injury
When one thinks of injuries that are catastrophic, a slip and fall accident may not be the first that comes to mind. Motor vehicle accidents certainly are more common; however, slip and falls can leave a victim with debilitating injuries that may never heal. For this reason, a victim needs to seek the assistance of an experienced New Jersey catastrophic injury attorney to help him gain fair and sufficient compensation.
The Seriousness of Slip and Fall Accidents
A catastrophic injury is, by definition, one which causes serious damage to a body system. Commonly, the muscular, skeletal, or neurological system is damaged in very serious slip and falls. For instance, a victim may be walking down a stairs that are wet and slip, tumbling and falling to the bottom. Such a victim may very well suffer injury to vertebrae, and depending upon the level and seriousness of the damage, may be left paralyzed for life.
When a New Jersey catastrophic injury attorney agrees to take a slip and fall case he must determine how he will prove negligence. Generally whoever is responsible for the premises on which the accident occurred will be liable. However, there must be a clear negligence involved. For instance, a landlord who fails to maintain lighting in a stairway used by residents may be held liable for a slip and fall that occurs there. However, the landlord would not likely be liable for a child’s toy that had been left on the stairs. Ultimately, it must be shown that an unsafe condition exists that the owner or responsible party had reasonable opportunity to rectify.
If You Have Been Injured
If you suffer a catastrophic slip and fall injury due to the negligence of another, New Jersey back catastrophic injury attorney Dan Matrafajlo may be able to help. Mr. Matrafajlo is an experienced attorney who will fight to help you gain compensation. Call 908-248-4404 today to arrange a free consultation.