People get hurt all of the time. Some of those accidents occur in random places — places one would think would not qualify as having dangerous property conditions. However, if something is overlooked by a property owner and an accident occurs, according to the laws of New Jersey, the injured victim may be able to seek compensation for any damages sustained as a result.
Trying to determine if a premises liability claim may be filed for one’s injuries is not necessarily an easy task. The specific details of the incident are going to be very important. For example, if a person slips and falls at a hotel, store, a neighbors home or elsewhere, was the hazard that caused the incident something of which the property owner was aware? While property owners are responsible for maintaining safe property conditions, there are situations — such as a customer or guest spilling a liquid on the floor — that an owner or staff may not be made aware of immediately.
Along with slip and fall accidents, there are numerous situations in which someone may be injured due to the failure to properly maintain property. In the majority of premises liability claim cases, it must be shown that property owners or employees of places of business had knowledge of hazards, yet failed to remedy the issues in a timely manner; however, there are a few instances in which this rule may not apply. A few problems that can create hazardous conditions may include:
- Debris from construction sites
- Broken stair rails
- Poor lighting
- High crime locations
- Cracked or uneven walkways
These, of course, are just a few of a long list of potentially dangerous property conditions. New Jersey residents who have suffered injuries while on someone else’s property would be well within their rights to seek a case assessment from an attorney experienced in handling premises liability claims. If negligence can be established successfully against a property owner, a civil court may award the victim monetary relief for his or her physical, financial and emotional suffering.
Source: FindLaw, “Premises Liability FAQ“, Accessed on Aug. 10, 2015