According to the New Jersey Law Journal, a state appeals court has upheld a $4 million verdict in favor of a nurse instructor who was injured in a slip-and-fall accident.
The news source reported that on August 6, the appeals court ruled that there was no reason to overturn the verdict, which involved a nurse and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR).
The BIR, a rehab facility, attempted to have the appeals court invoke the Charitable Immunity Act and reduce the damage award to $250,000 for the nurse. The nurse was reportedly walking into the facility in 2010, where she was a part-time instructor, when she fell on ice.
The nurse, who was contracted to work at the BIR through Atlantic Cape Community College, contended that the ice was an obvious safety hazard in her lawsuit and that the BIR was negligent in not clearing it or posting warning signs.
She said that she fractured her left ankle in the accident, which required seven surgeries and a fusion. In her lawsuit, the nurse contends that she has not returned to work since the accident, due to her pain and suffering, as well as limited mobility.
Clear Your Walkways to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Although ice is not currently an issue due to it being the summer, it does not mean that slip-and-fall accidents are not occurring in New Jersey. Aside from ice, other hazards that can contribute to a slip-and-fall accident include:
- wet or oily surfaces
- liquid spills
- weather hazards like rain
- loose, unanchored rugs or mats
- flooring or other surfaces that do not have same degree of traction as other areas
If you are a property or business owner, make sure that you keep your land free of these hazards. Unfortunately, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), slip-and-fall accidents are a leading contributor to spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries in the U.S.
These injuries can cause people to miss significant amount of time at work and/or cause permanent disability. Additionally, they also require long-term rehabilitation, which can be expensive.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, speak to our Atlantic City injury lawyers about obtaining damages so that can help you pay for expenses. You can also call us at the number listed on this page, or use the live chat option for further information.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys