Avoiding a Slip and Fall Injury During the Holidays
Slip and fall accidents occur everyday and everywhere in New Jersey. During the holiday season, these incidents occur on a more frequent basis. One could slip and fall from carrying a Christmas tree into their home or they could slip from a ladder trying to hang decorative lights. Regardless of what the incident was, slip and fall accidents should be taken very seriously.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we are aware that hundreds to thousands of Garden State residents are impacted each year by slip and fall accidents. We want to offer some ways to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.
Preventing a Holiday Slip and Fall Injury
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year. People are traveling across the state and nationwide to see family and friends. When people aren’t traveling, they will be out shopping for last-minute gifts. The risk for injury is so much higher because there is so much happening in a relatively short amount of time.
Before we explain how to prevent a holiday slip and fall injury from occurring, you need to know what the most common causes of slip and fall accidents are. These incidents can include:
- Falling in an icy parking lot
- Tripping over items left in store aisles or walkways
- Stepping on or slipping over decorations or ornaments
- Falling while carrying gifts
- Falling from a ladder or step stool
The above-mentioned are just a few examples of slip and fall incidents that might occur in New Jersey during the holidays. To prevent these incidents from happening to you or someone else, there are some safety tips you need to know about:
- Clean up anything that’s in an aisle or walkway, such as toys or ornaments
- Accompany someone while they are using a ladder to decorate their home
- Wear the appropriate footwear for winter
- Clean the ice and snow from where people would regularly walk of park their vehicles
By keeping these tips in mind, you will significantly lower the risk of a slip and fall injury occurring at your home or business in New Jersey.
Are You Responsible?
If you cannot prevent a slip and fall injury from occurring at your home or business, are you responsible for the injuries that may occur as a result of the incident? The answer is mostly yes, but it depends.
According to New Jersey law, the owner of a property is responsible for keeping their premises safe and free of any hazards that could cause an accident. When the owner fails to uphold that responsibility, legal action may be the only way to resolve the matter.
If a visitor receives an injury because of the premises’ unsafe conditions, the owner could be liable if he or she knew or should reasonably have known about the hazard prior to the accident. However, if someone gets injured because of their own negligence, they are then responsible for their own injuries.
We Can Help You This Holiday Season
If you are the victim of a slip and fall injury during this holiday season in New Jersey, don’t wait until your injuries worsen. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone today so we can get you the compensation you deserve. The consultation is free and confidential.