If you are injured on another person’s property, you may be wondering whether you are entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about premises liability in New Jersey and how you can provide proof of negligence.
What is Premises Liability?
When a property owner does not take care of their grounds, certain hazards can arise that threaten the safety of others. If someone becomes injured as a result of this, the individual can hold the property owner liable for negligence under premises liability law.
Who Can Recover Compensation For a Premises Liability Accident?
Property owners owe a duty of care to individuals who come onto their property. This can be fulfilled simply by maintaining the grounds. This is required for both invitees or licensees. A licensee is a person invited onto the property for business or commercial reasons. An invitee comes on the property for non-business or non-commercial reasons, including social events. It is important to know that a property owner may even owe a duty of care to trespassers. If they are aware of the trespasser and do not warn them about any hazards on the property, the owner may be responsible for the trespasser’s injuries.
Most Common Accidents
There are several ways someone can be injured due to negligence. The following circumstances are covered under premises liability law:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dangerous conditions
- Defective security
- Inadequate maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
- Inadequate lighting
If you have been injured due to a property owner’s negligence, there is a good chance that you are entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof of negligence. In order to do so, be sure to take the following steps:
- Document the scene: Take pictures and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance and file an accident report.
- Seek medical attention: A doctor can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm to discuss your case.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.