New Jersey Premises Liability
An unresolved safety hazard on any property, from retail stores to private homes, could lead to catastrophic accidents and serious injuries. If you suffered injuries in any kind of incident on someone else’s property, you have the right to seek compensation for how this accident has changed your life. You can’t do it alone, though. You need someone with extensive knowledge of the legal system, experience investigating accidents like yours, and the dedication to fight for you. Call the New Jersey premises liability lawyers at Console and Associates today at (856) 778-5500. We’ll evaluate your case for free and guide you through the next steps you need to take.
What Is a Premises Liability Case?
A premises liability claim is any case involving an accident that resulted from a property owner’s negligence.
The owner of any piece of property has a duty to maintain a safe environment for the benefit of those who use it. On commercial properties, this may mean the customers who go to the premises for business purposes, while on private residences, it may refer to visitors invited to the home or passersby legally using the walkway in front of the property.
Unfortunately‚ when property owners fail to meet this obligation to keep their premises safe, you are the one who pays the price. A dangerous condition left you with these serious injuries, while the person who caused that condition isn’t facing any of the consequences. That’s not fair.
Pursuing a personal injury claim is a way of rectifying the situation, holding the person who hurt you accountable for their actions and getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Some Examples of Premises Liability Claims
If the phrase “premises liability” still sounds like legalese, here are some examples of cases that fall under the category of premises liability.
- Homeowner’s claims. From slip and fall cases to dog bites‚ many premises liability injuries occur on private property. If the property owner’s negligence played a role in your injury, he or she (and the relevant insurance policy) may be financially responsible for the consequences.
- Commercial property accidents. Like homeowners, commercial property owners must maintain their properties safely – in fact, since they are inviting customers and clients to visit the premises, any safety hazards they allow to exist put an even greater number of people in danger
- Work-related injuries. Employers have a responsibility to keep their employees out of harm’s way, and that includes creating a safe work environment, training workers do to their jobs safely, and establishing and enforcing safety protocols for the use of hazardous equipment.
- Construction injuries. You don’t have to be a construction worker to be hurt in a construction accident. When a construction site operates in a public place and members of the public are present around it, any dangers on the site can put innocent bystanders at risk.
Do You Have a Premises Liability Case?
You got hurt on a property owned by someone else. How do you know if you have the grounds for pursuing a personal injury claim?
You need two things to have a premises liability case:
- Liability: To have the grounds for a premises liability case, someone else must be legally at fault for the accident that caused your injuries. It’s not as simple as suing a property owner because you fell down the stairs or twisted your ankle. There must be evidence that a dangerous condition on the premises somehow caused your injuries. Dangerous conditions can take many forms, but examples include things like wet floors, slippery staircases, deep and unexpected holes in the ground, icy sidewalks, defective construction, building code violations, poor lighting, and improper maintenance. It’s important to the success of your claim that you have evidence of the safety hazard.
- Damages: When you pursue a claim, you’re seeking compensation for your damages: the injuries you suffered, the medical bills to treat those injuries, the income you have lost if you were forced to miss work, the pain and suffering you experienced in the aftermath of the accident, and the changes that have affected your life as a result of your injuries. To document your damages – not to mention, to make the best physical recovery possible – you must have received medical attention for those injuries.
In the early stages of coping with an accident, you don’t always have the evidence to prove that the property owner is at fault or a complete idea of what your damages will be. Don’t worry – it will be our job as your attorneys to investigate the accident and gather your records to build your case. If you think that your situation includes the liability of a property owner and damages, don’t wait to get a lawyer onboard right away. The success of your case depends on it.
Pursuing a Premises Liability Case
Who will fight for you?
Premises liability claims aren’t just complex and difficult to prove – they can also be difficult to win. You need to be sure that your case is in the hands of experienced New Jersey premises liability lawyers, ones who have a history of success handling similar cases. At Console and Associates, we’ve got plenty of experience getting results for claims just like yours. This $400,000 slip and fall case and this $100,000 homeowner’s claim are just two of numerous six-figure premises liability cases our firm has handled since 1994, and they make up just a fraction of the more than $100,000,000 we’ve recovered on behalf of our clients over the years. Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Don’t let a careless property owner get away with hurting you. Call (856) 778-5500 today. Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys will deal with the complexities of the legal system so you don’t have to.