Property owners in New Jersey have a legal obligation to ensure that their properties are safe for the people who use them. Some responsibilities of property owners include keeping their premises free of hazards, inspecting their premises for hazards and correcting any hazards they find on the premises. The property owner owes a certain degree of responsibility to people on their property depending on whether the people are classified as invitees, licensees or trespassers.
Two weeks after a high school cheerleader attending Summit High School in Hackensack had her braces removed, she was elbowed in the mouth accidentally by another member of the squad during a stunt at a summer training camp called RAMS All Star Cheering. According to the girl's mother, the accident pushed the girl's front tooth backward into the roof of her mouth, requiring immediate oral surgery.