In commercial property scenarios, you often have contracts and leases between owners, management companies and tenants. Experienced slip & fall and trip & fall attorneys will know that it is imperative to analyze the tenants’ responsibility for your injuries. It is very important to get an attorney who is seasoned in slip, trips and falls, because it is easy for an inexperienced attorney to miss a responsible party in the chain of analysis.
In New Jersey, we have the “entire controversy doctrine”, which sounds complicated but really boils down to something very simple: if you file a lawsuit, you have to bring everyone into the lawsuit at the same time. For example, you cannot file five lawsuits against five different parties. You must have one lawsuit with all five parties in it and if an inexperienced lawyer fails to include one of the parties who caused your injury, it could have a significant negative impact on your monetary recovery.
Injuries on commercial property really require someone who has experience in dealing with commercial property slip & fall claims – a good slip & fall attorney who knows how to analyze these claims, not only from the standpoint of liability and how it happened, but also from the standpoint of the parties who may be responsible.
Because it is not always an obvious defect or condition that may have caused the fall or trip, we often hire engineers and other expert witnesses in architectural or engineering sciences to help us make your slip & fall or trip & fall case.
In sum, while slip & fall and trip & fall lawsuits sound like simple cases, they really are more complex, and there is a much greater chance of not getting a full recover if you do not go to an experienced slip & fall and trip & fall attorney.