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Premise liability in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2023 | Injuries

In their daily lives, people often traverse various properties, from stores to commercial facilities, unaware of potential hazards that could result in injuries.

Premise liability, a legal concept, holds property owners accountable for maintaining a safe environment for visitors. The law holds companies liable for falls only if they injure the person involved.

Slip and fall incidents

Slippery floors in stores and commercial facilities pose a significant risk for visitors. According to the CDC, more than 800,000 people annually receive hospital treatment due to falls. Property owners have the responsibility of ensuring proper maintenance and promptly addressing any spills or wet areas.


The stability of stairs is an important part of safety. Broken stairs and loose hand-railings not only jeopardize the structural integrity but also expose individuals to severe injuries. Property owners must conduct regular inspections to identify and rectify such issues promptly.

Uneven ground

Cracked or uneven sidewalks and poorly maintained parking lots create a hazardous environment for pedestrians. Property owners should prioritize the upkeep of these areas to prevent slips, trips and falls.

Hidden dangers

Unmarked or improperly marked hazards on properties can catch visitors off guard. Property owners must take measures to clearly indicate potential risks, ensuring the safety of everyone on their premises.

Navigating obstacles

Main walkways cluttered with debris pose a significant threat. Property owners must implement regular cleaning schedules to remove obstacles and maintain a hazard-free environment.

Neglected structures

Defective escalators and elevators, as well as negligent maintenance of buildings, increase the risk of accidents. Regular inspections and timely repairs are necessary to ensure the safety of individuals utilizing these facilities.

Fires, burns and water leaks

Hazards leading to fires, burns and water leaks can result from poor maintenance. Property owners must address these issues promptly to prevent potential harm to visitors and maintain a secure environment.

Snow and ice falls

In winter, snow and ice build-up in walkways or inside stores can become treacherous. Property owners should prioritize proper salting and shoveling to prevent slips and falls during icy conditions.

By addressing potential hazards promptly and maintaining a secure environment, property owners can contribute to the well-being of their visitors and prevent unfortunate incidents.