When injured due to a dangerous property condition, an injured person may have a claim under what is known as premises liability. This may be due to a slip and fall / trip and fall or may result from a dangerous condition of public property involving claims against public entities. Reach out to speak with a New Jersey lawyer today!
Owners of properties may be legally responsible for injuries sustained by someone on their property. The level of responsibility depends on not only the type of property where the accident occurs, but also on whether the person who is injured is on the property as a business invitee (someone who is there to do business), a licensee (such as a social guest who has permission to be on the property but is not there for a business purpose), or a trespasser (someone who has no permission or lawful right to be on the premises.)
If you are a business invitee, for example, if you are going to a store to make a purchase, the owner of that property has the duty to make the property safe for the invitees coming upon that property. That means they have a duty to inspect the property to make sure it is safe.
If you are a licensee or social guest, the owner of the property can be responsible for your injury if they know that there is a dangerous or defective condition and fail to repair it or warn you about it. However, they have a lower duty than if you are a business invitee.
If you are a trespasser, there is no duty to make the property safe or to warn you of dangerous conditions, but the owner cannot create a dangerous condition to “trap” a trespasser.
The New Jersey premises liability lawyers at Petro Cohen, P.C. believe that if someone suffers from injuries due to the negligence of a property owner, whether it is a business, private home, or public entity, the owner should be held responsible for the injuries if they have failed to do what was required by law to make the property safe under the circumstances for individuals who are coming upon their property.
If you are injured due to the negligence of the property owner, then you would be entitled to compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. Although federal, state, and local laws vary with regard to the responsibilities that property owners have, the basic fundamental concept remains the same. Property owners are obligated to keep their land and properties safe.
If, a friend or family member has suffered an injury because of the dangerous or hazardous state of a property, please contact Petro Cohen P.C. to receive your free case evaluation. We can help you determine if you are eligible to recover damages for your injuries and work with you to build a solid case against those allegedly responsible.