In New Jersey and elsewhere, it is not hard to find property conditions that are less than ideal. When walking through residential, private or commercial properties, one needs to be careful as hazards are often present. Dangerous property conditions can lead to slip and fall accidents which, sadly, can leave victims with a number of physical, emotional and financial struggles.
If injured on someone else's property, the owner of said property may be held liable for the damages sustained. Proving fault is not necessarily easy, though. It will be necessary to prove negligence in court which can only be done if certain elements exist in one's case.
In order for a property owner to be considered fully responsible for one's injuries in a slip and fall accident, dangerous property conditions must have been present at the time of the incident. Not only must they have been present, but there must be proof that an owner failed to address the problem in a timely manner or the owner failed to provide sufficient warning. Examples of hazardous conditions might include:
- Wet flooring
- Torn carpeting
- Poor lighting
- Narrow stairs
- Cracked sidewalks
Dangerous property conditions are not to be taken lightly. Owners who fail to properly maintain their properties or who fail to offer adequate warning of potential hazards can and should be held responsible. If it is possible to show full negligence on part of a property owner in a New Jersey civil court, the victim of a slip and fall accident may be granted fair and full compensation for his or her injuries. Such compensation may include relief for both economic and non-economic damages.
Source: FindLaw, "Slip and Fall Accidents Overview", Accessed on March 27, 2016