Slip and fall school cases are more common than most parents realize. Schools are responsible for protecting your children while they are on the premises. These educational institutes are also responsible for maintaining the facilities in a way that prevents injuries by anyone on site, including students, staff, parents, and visitors.
An accident on the school premises can lead to long-lasting injuries depending on the situation. If you or a loved one was injured in a slip at a school, you may have a case. At Console & Associates, P.C., we will fight for you to receive the proper compensation, such as payment of related medical bills.
School Slip and Fall and Premises Liability Law
In your school slip and fall case, our attorneys will likely focus on premises liability law. This law states that property owners must keep it clear from hazards. Premises liability law applies to all types of properties, including schools. As such, this law states that schools must maintain a hazard-free environment for students, staff, and visitors.
Premises liability law is slightly more complicated with falls at schools, due to the lack of clear ownership. As such, you may not be sure who is legally liable for the injuries caused by the accident. Our team’s familiarity with premises liability law combines with our experience to make the steps more clear-cut. We will also gladly explain the basics of premises liability law to you, so you fully understand why the school is liable for the injuries.
Let Our Experience with Slip & Fall Cases Guide You
There is no need to wonder how to approach the situation with a slip and fall case. Our experience at Console & Associates P.C. will guide our actions. Our team is familiar with all of the relevant laws related to your accidents on school premises. As such, we know what information to collect, what entities are liable, and how to proceed to maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation.
Our company has over 25 years of experience, during which time we have won over $100 million for our clients. We bring those 25 years of experience to every case we take, helping you receive the compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovery instead of worrying about medical bills.
Slip and Fall Cases: Our First Steps
As with any other case we handle, our team begins a slip and fall school case by gathering the necessary information. We will discuss everything with you. We encourage you to provide us as much information about the situation as possible. We know which questions to ask, from the conditions that led to the accident to how the recovery process has affected your life and that of your loved ones.
Based on the information you provide us, we will confirm which party is liable for your slip-and-fall case. We will then work to gather additional information, as necessary. Our goal is always to ensure clients like you receive fair compensation. We do not want you to worry about issues like medical bills or time off work to care for the injured party.
Falls at Public vs Private Schools
In our experience, there are distinctions between fall cases at public schools and private schools. Any school must maintain their property to keep it safe. The difference, however, comes from liability. In the case of private schools, the school itself will hold responsibility for injuries. With public schools, the government is liable, as the local government owns the school.
Due to the government ownership of public schools, there are additional legal protections in place. Thanks to our experience and familiarity with the relevant laws, our team is aware of these protections and restrictions. This allows us to overcome the additional challenges associated with claims against public schools, improving your chances of success.
When to Begin the Case After a Fall
Following a slip and fall incident at a school, we prefer to begin the case as soon as possible. There may be time restriction in place, limiting the time in which you can begin your case.
It is also easier to gather documentation when the incident was recent. Witnesses will have clearer memories of the accident, providing more details and increased credibility to their statements. Additionally, beginning the case right away indicates the seriousness of the situation. Judges may doubt why you chose to delay the case. Of course, we will still gladly take on your slip and fall case regardless of when it occurred, provided no statute of limitations have expired.
Slip-and-Fall Cases: Information We Gather
We always begin a slip and fall case by gathering the relevant information. This includes the information you provide us with and the information that our team collects.
- When and where the incident occurred
- Who was present
- Who was injured
- The extent of the injuries
- The short-term and long-term impacts of the accident
- Whether the school created dangerous conditions that led to the accident
- Whether the school required maintenance
- Whether the property owner ignored warning signs
- Whether the property owner failed to warn others of the dangers
Our team always strives to collect the information via as many sources as possible. Having written statements from multiple witnesses will further your case. We also request any photographs you have, either of the conditions or the injuries. If you can think of any other witnesses to the incident, we will talk to them to gather additional written statements. We will also gather any police, hospital, and/or doctor records related to the incident.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall School Accidents
Schools strive to create safe conditions, but they do not always achieve their goals. Certain unsafe conditions are common and can lead to slip and fall accidents on their premises. These include:
- Icy sidewalks
- Liquid spills in the hallway or cafeteria
- Fallen papers creating slip risks
- Torn carpeting
- Doors or windows left open
- Wires in the middle of pathways
- Loose railings
The above are just some of the potential causes of accidents and falls at schools. Remember that slips can affect anyone on the property, not just students. In addition to student injuries, teachers, support staff, parents, coaches, and anyone else on the property may face an injury.
Potential Consequences of a Slip at School
The most obvious consequence of a slip at school is the immediate injury, but the consequences can extend far beyond this. Falls at a school may lead to:
- Personal injuries
- Time off from school for recovery, hurting a student’s education and future
- Parents taking time off of work to care for students
- Other injured parties taking time off work to recover
- Lost income
- Reduced quality of life
- Emotional trauma
Potential Liabilities of the School
Due to the potential consequences of a slip and fall, the responsible party may have liabilities that extend past medical care. Even within the category of medical care, there are potential liabilities not everyone considers. Our team always strives to win you compensation for each relevant liability, such as:
- Medical bills (doctors and hospital)
- Ambulance fees
- Parking fees at hospitals
- Surgery bills
- Therapy pills
- Other required medical devices
- Medication costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
We Will Fight for Your Case
At Console & Associates, P.C., we always fight for your case. We put our experience and legal knowledge to good use. We begin by providing legal advice and continue to follow through with premiere legal strategies. We want you to receive the compensation you deserve so you can move on with your life. To provide our services to those who need them, we have a wide coverage area. We serve the following areas and others nearby:
- Atlantic County, NJ
- East Orange, NJ
- Jersey City, NJ
- North Bergen Township, NJ
- Paterson, NJ
- Woodbridge Township, NJ
- Allentown, PA
Contact Us with Any Questions
We encourage you to contact us with any questions you have about slip and fall school cases. When you choose to work with us, you can expect:
- 25 years of experience
- Familiarity with the relevant laws
- A team of lawyers that will fight for you
- A personalized approach
- A law team that has your best interest at heart
If you or a family member was injured due to a school slip and fall, do not hesitate to contact us. We will go over your options with you, putting you on track to fair compensation.
The information on this site should not be construed as formal legal advice nor the formation of an attorney client relationship.