Can I File a Claim for a Slip and Fall Accident in a Mall?
We hope we’re not alone in addressing just how quickly this year has flown by. With Halloween already a few days away and the holiday season around the corner, many New Jersey residents will be headed to the mall to get a jump start on their holiday shopping. While major shopping holidays like Black Friday may look a little bit different this year on account of the Coronavirus, the malls will still be packed with shoppers – and just like the roads, the more people that are present in an area, the greater the chances are of an accident. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident while shopping at the mall, it’s important to know what your rights are so you can pursue compensation.
Common Causes for Slip and Fall Accidents in a Mall
There are a multitude of reasons a slip and fall accident at a mall can occur. Some of the most common include:
- Cracked and/or broken tiles
- Wet floors
- Puddles that have formed after a shopper tracked in snow or ice
- Garbage or debris lying around
- Slippery mats and/or other items
- Snowy or icy pathways and parking lots
Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident at a Mall?
In most cases, the owner of the mall will be liable for any slip and fall accidents and subsequent injuries that are sustained on the premises or in the parking lot. This also includes any injuries that were caused by cracked tile or other types of damaged property that the property owner didn’t fix.
The only time you’d file a claim against a store itself is if the injury was sustained in that department store.
Personal injury claims for slip and fall accidents must meet certain standards. First, it must be determined that the property owner owed a duty of care to the plaintiff (shopper). Next, it must be determined that the property owner breached the duty of care they owed to the shopper, which resulted in their injuries. Last, the injuries the shopper sustained must be able to be compensated. In many cases of a slip and fall accident in a mall, it must be proven that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about a dangerous area but failed to correct it in order to move forward with a claim. If this burden of proof is met, you will more than likely be able to move forward with your personal injury claim.
Contact a Atlantic City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Slip and Fall Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a slip and fall accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Brown Law represent clients injured because of car accidents in Egg Harbor, Galloway Township, Hamilton, Pleasantville, and throughout New Jersey. Call (609) 344-8270 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Ave., #201, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
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