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Premises liability: What are your rights?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Premises Liability

Property owners must ensure their buildings and grounds are safe for visitors. They have a legal responsibility to do so.

You may be able to seek compensation if you get an injury on someone else’s property. Understanding the common hazards that can lead to accidents and your rights under New Jersey law is important.

Slip-and-fall accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the most common types of premise liability cases. The property owner may be responsible if you slip, fall and sustain injuries.

Some conditions that lead to slip-and-fall incidents include:

  • Unsafe staircases:Broken stairs and loose hand railings pose significant dangers to visitors
  • Cracked sidewalks or parking lots:Uneven walking surfaces pose tripping hazards that can lead to falls
  • Unmarked hazards:Whether it is a slippery surface or a protruding object, property owners must clearly mark potential dangers to prevent injuries
  • Weather-related dangers: During winter, snow and ice can build up in main walkways or inside stores, increasing the risk of slips and falls. Poorly salted or shoveled areas and sidewalks can also pose dangers to visitors.

Owners and managers must keep the inside and outside of their properties safe, even in inclement weather conditions.

Other incidents

Negligent maintenance of buildings can create various hazards. Issues such as debris in the walkways, defective escalators and elevators, water leaks or broken light fixtures pose many risks. These conditions can lead to falls, fires, burns and more.

Premise liability laws in New Jersey protect injured individuals when property owners fail to maintain safe conditions. It is important to know your rights to pursue a legal claim. Understanding your options helps you receive the compensation you deserve.