New Jersey Premises Liability Attorney
Falls are among the most common injuries sustained in property accidents and fall under the umbrella of premises liability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there were over 33,000 deaths from unintentional falls in the United States for the most recent year. Others suffered injury requiring medical treatment and causing pain and suffering. Every New Jersey premises liability attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, makes personal injury cases their only focus, so they can provide the expertise needed by injury victims.
What Is Premises Liability?
Property owners in New Jersey have a responsibility to ensure their property is safe for those who enter the premises. This includes taking reasonable care to maintain the property, warning visitors of any potential hazards, and taking reasonable steps to address any problems they become aware of that may threaten the health and safety of those who enter the property.
Property owners who are negligent risk injury to those they invite to the property or may reasonably expect to enter without fear of harm. Negligence to exercise their duty of care entitles those injured to hire a New Jersey personal injury lawyer and seek compensation for the injuries they receive because of that negligence.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Trip and fall or slip and fall injuries are among the most common accident injuries arising from negligent maintenance of someone’s premises, or property. A poorly maintained floor can prove a trip hazard. Extension cords stretched across a floor can easily become a trip hazard. Poorly maintained staircases can lead people to fall down stairs, causing serious injuries. Failing to promptly address conditions that make walking hazardous exposes visitors to unnecessary risk of falls.
Building owners must provide appropriate security from those who would intentionally bring harm to visitors. For offices, hotels, and apartment buildings, this may mean employing security guards, having personnel stationed near the front door, and ensuring locks are adequate to keep trespassers out. A person assaulted by someone who entered a poorly secured building in the Garden State has a right to hire a New Jersey premises liability attorney and seek compensation from the property owner for their negligence in taking reasonable safety precautions.
Poorly maintained fences or gates can allow dangerous dogs to escape the premises and attack or bite people in the neighborhood. This negligence to repair their personal property creates a hazard to anyone attacked when their dog escapes.
Owners of amusement parks have a clear duty to ensure their rides are safe for use. Without proper maintenance and repairs, amusement park rides can quickly turn from being a fun and enjoyable experience to one of pain and injury.
Who Is Liable for Premises Injuries in New Jersey?
The first place to look for responsibility is the property owner. In many cases, the owner is responsible for maintaining and repairing problems on their own properties. However, if the owner rents or leases the property to another person or company, the issue may not be so simple.
Depending on the lease contract, it may be that the person occupying the property has the duty to perform some or all the maintenance needed. At the very least, that person may be responsible for not notifying the owner of a problem in a timely fashion. Often, it requires experience understanding lease contracts to determine who exactly was negligent in maintaining the property that led to your injury.
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP | Knowledgeable New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers
Insurance companies are quick to place the fault for the accident on the victim. At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, our attorneys fight to defend the rights of victims. They won’t allow insurance companies to take advantage of their clients. Call today for a free consultation. Your New Jersey premises liability attorney will listen to your story and give you an honest assessment of whether you might be entitled to compensation. There’s no charge unless our attorneys win you a settlement or verdict on your behalf.