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Can you sue your neighbor if you get hurt on their broken stairs?

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Premises Liability

If you get hurt on your neighbor’s broken stairs in New Jersey, you may be able to sue under premises liability law. Understanding your rights and the legal obligations of property owners can help you determine your next steps after being injured on someone else’s property.

Premises liability law

Premises liability law in New Jersey requires property owners to maintain their premises in a safe condition. This includes fixing hazards like broken stairs. If a property owner knows about a dangerous condition and fails to repair it or warn visitors, they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.

Proving negligence

To sue your neighbor, you must prove their negligence caused your injury. Proof typically involves showing that the property owner knew or should have known about the broken stairs and did not take appropriate action to fix them. Gathering evidence, such as photos of the stairs, medical records, and witness statements, can support your claim.

Comparative negligence

The state follows a comparative negligence rule, meaning the courts will award less compensation if you’re found partially at fault for the accident. For example, if you were not paying attention or were trespassing, your neighbor might argue that you share some responsibility for your injury. 

It’s important to be aware of this rule when pursuing a claim. An attorney experienced in premises liability law can help you navigate the complexities of your case, in the event you have questions about it. 

Getting hurt on your neighbor’s broken stairs can be a stressful and painful ordeal. Understanding your options can provide some peace of mind during your recovery.