If you are found at fault for your slip and fall accident
Posted February 2nd, 2015 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Slip and Falls.
One of the hardest things to prove is that someone else is responsible for your slip and fall accident. As mentioned before, it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep his/her property safe for any visitors. But what if you are found partially to blame for your accident?
It’s true in many slip and fall accident cases the person injured can be found partly in fault. For instance, you may have not have been paying attention to the icy conditions of the parking lot when you slip and fall. Or while walking into a store, you don’t see the puddle on the floor caused by bad weather conditions and slip. Although it’s the property owner at fault, the insurance company may assign partial blame to you.
If this happens, New Jersey will use a “modified comparative negligence” rule as a way to reduce or eliminate damages in the case. So using the example above, the insurance company has decided that you are partially responsible for the slip and fall accident, about 5 percent. Because of this, you will not receive the total amount awarded to you for your damages. So if you are awarded $20,000 for the accident, you may only receive $19,500.
This is why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side. At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we’ve been fighting the insurance companies to get what our clients deserve for the past 26 years. If you had a slip and fall accident and you are being blamed for the accident, don’t wait any longer. Contact us today for a free consultation.