New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyer
A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can cause serious injuries, including fractures of the hip, wrists and ankles, facial lacerations, and head, neck and back injuries. Most of the time, an accident of this sort does not happen unless there is some dangerous or defective condition on the property which makes us slip or trip. Property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for people on their premises, and attorney Andrew Jacobs in New Jersey holds them accountable to the people they harm when they neglect to fulfill that duty.
New Jersey Premises Liability Law
All property owners have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for people who are lawfully on their premises. Traditionally, the extent of that duty depended on the status of the injured person as an Invitee, Licensee or Trespasser. Although New Jersey has abandoned these distinctions in the written law, courts still look to them when deciding whether the property owner in a particular case owed a duty to the injured party. It is therefore helpful to know these distinctions:
Invitee – This is someone who is invited on the property by the owner, such as a customer in a store or a social guest at someone’s house. Property owners should generally keep their property in a safe condition for their guests and make reasonable, periodic inspections to make sure the premises are safe, and promptly clean up a spill or other dangerous condition.
Licensee – This is someone who enters on the property for their own business purpose. Examples include salespeople, delivery persons, mail carriers, meter readers and repair people. The property owner could be liable for failing to fix known dangers or warn licensees of the danger, such as with a sign on a wet floor, an unmarked step or a broken elevator.
Trespasser – This is someone who does not have any legal right to be on the property at that time. A property owner could be liable to a trespasser for injuries caused by booby traps intended to harm a trespasser.
Effective Representation in all Types of New Jersey Slip and Fall Accidents
Dangerous and unsafe premises cases can be hard to prove, because often the dangerous condition is one that is temporary in nature, and you have to be able to establish that the condition existed for an unreasonable amount of time before the accident happened, or that the property owner knew of the condition yet failed to fix it or put up a warning. At the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs, we are experienced in these types of cases and know what it takes to prepare and present a successful case. We help people who were injured in all types of premises liability situations, including:
- Food or drink spill in a restaurant or grocery store
- Slippery, wet entryway
- Wet or icy sidewalk
- Objects falling from shelves
- Cluttered aisles creating tripping hazards
- Unmarked steps
- Broken or missing handrails
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Exposed wiring
If you were robbed or assaulted in a parking garage, carport, stairwell or other area because inadequate lighting or security made it a dangerous place, the property owner can be held liable for failing to take adequate safety and security measures. This duty can be particularly high in high-crime neighborhoods or if there has been recent criminal activity in the area. If a tragedy like this has happened to you, we can help you recover compensation for the physical pain and emotional trauma you have suffered.
Experienced Legal Representation for New Jersey Slip and Fall and Unsafe Premises
Attorney Andrew Jacobs has the knowledge, skill and ability to help you get the compensation you need when you have been injured in a trip and fall, slip and fall, or other injury on another’s dangerous or unsafe premises. For assistance with a premises liability matter in New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation.