In New Jersey, both public and private property owners have a duty to keep their properties reasonably safe for visitors to the property. This duty of care applies in varying degrees, depending on the status of the visitor. For instance, a retail store owner owes a greater duty of care to her customers than a homeowner owes to a trespasser. Ultimately, this means that if you are injured on someone else’s property due to the negligence of the property owner, you have the right to take legal action.
Our New Jersey premises liability lawyers assist individuals who have suffered serious injuries in slip and fall accidents, assaults, dog attacks, and other types of premises liability claims in Summit and the entire state of New Jersey. If dangerous property conditions led to your injuries, The Donnelly Law Firm can help you fight for the fair recovery you are owed.
Slip & Fall Accidents
Perhaps the most common type of premises liability case involves a slip and fall, or trip and fall, accident. While slips, trips, and falls are not always the fault of the property owner, there are many instances in which property owner negligence causes these types of accidents.
Typically, slip and falls occur as a result of dangerous property conditions, including but not limited to:
- Accumulated ice or snow
- Spilled water or liquids
- Merchandise that has fallen from store shelves
- Torn or uneven carpeting/flooring
- Unsafe stairs/stairwells
- Inadequate or nonexistent hand railing
- Lack of proper signage
- Obstructed walkways
- Unmarked hazards, such as potholes
Property owners have a responsibility to address, correct, fix, or warn of these and other dangerous conditions. Failure to do so can constitute negligence. If you suffered serious, even catastrophic injuries due to dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, our New Jersey slip and fall attorneys can help you understand your legal options and fight for the fair compensation you are owed.
Other Types of Premises Liability Claims We Handle
In addition to slip and fall accident claims, our New Jersey premises liability attorneys handle a variety of complex cases. We have assisted victims who were bitten by dangerous dogs in public and private spaces, as well as those who suffered injuries due to inadequate or nonexistent security. We also handle dram shop liability cases, in which establishments that serve alcohol can be held accountable for over-serving patrons or serving or selling alcohol to minors who then go on to harm others in drunk driving accidents, assaults, and similar incidents.
If you believe a property owner is responsible for your injuries or the death of your loved one, reach out to us as soon as possible to discuss your case. In New Jersey, you typically only have two years from the date of the incident/injury to bring a claim.