New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers

an old warehouseThe owners of private homes, businesses and other properties have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions on their property and prevent harm coming to those who enter the premises. The fact that an owner is liable for the safety of others on their property is known as premises liability, and ultimately if harm does come to anyone who crosses the threshold onto their property, the owner will be at fault.

Under New Jersey law, a home, business or land owner is legally responsible for preventing or removing conditions that can do harm to others, but unfortunately this requirement is not always met. Customers, employees, guests or passers-by who slip, trip, fall, or otherwise injure themselves while on another’s property may have a claim of negligence under premises liability laws if the circumstances are correct.

This legislation was created to protect those who may be near or on premises that may be dangerous or harmful which are caused by a property owner’s negligence. There are a number of claims that can arise from premises liability, and the legal team at Levinson Axelrod Attorneys At Law believes that every individual has the right to safety while passing through or spending time on another person’s property. We understand that minimum safety settings should be met in order to prevent harm, and our New Jersey premises liability lawyers will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to the victims of negligence.

If you or a loved one was hurt while on another person’s property, you could have a claim of negligence under premises liability law, and you may be eligible for compensation due to the injury you sustained and the pain and suffering it caused you.

To find out how we can help, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the right side of this page. It is always 100% confidential, without obligation and completely FREE.

Property Holder Duties

In the event that harm comes to an individual on another person’s property, simply passing onto the land or into the home of that property holder does not qualify a person as a victim of premises liability negligence. Criteria must be met to substantiate a claim of premises liability negligence, and the following circumstances are examples of three different categories of individuals that may be present on another person’s property.

These individuals are classified as:

  • Invitee: This individual has the express permission of the land or property owner to enter the premises. The intent is a business transaction. Signs must be posted or reasonable awareness brought to any dangerous or hazardous conditions on the part of the land/ property owner.
    • EXAMPLE- A retail customer is directed to take care when passing through the doorway due to a falling sign.
  • Licensee: A visitor or social guest. They must have the express permission of the land/ property owner and signs or warnings must be used to direct attention to any dangerous or hazardous situations of conditions on the part of the land/ property owner.
    • EXAMPLE- The owner is obligated to inform the guest that there are slippery conditions in the driveway.
  • Trespasser: An individual who knowingly crossed the property line without permission from the owner. The owner does not have any legal responsibility to disclose dangers or hazards to trespassers.
    • EXAMPLE- A burglar is cut climbing over a fence on the owner’s property.

Understanding which category of individual a person falls under will greatly affect the claim of negligence and will determine the liability, if any, of the land or property owner in the case. A valid claim of premises liability will only be able to be made by an invitee or a licensee, not by a trespasser, and many offshoots of personal injury fall under the category of premises liability law.

Types of Premises Liability Claims

An individual can be hurt at a department store, on a dangerous work site or even a school and these institutions are responsible for carrying liability insurance for these reasons. If you have been injured in on the property of another person or entity you could have the right to take legal action against them for the injuries you sustained.

The following are some of the most common types of premises liability claims:

  • Amusement park ride failures
  • Commercial property with poor maintenance
  • Electrocution
  • Elevator or escalator failure
  • Exposure to poisons or hazardous substances
  • Falling or crumbling ceilings
  • Fire
  • Hazardous or unsafe walkways
  • Insufficient security
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Snow or ice conditions
  • Unsafe construction zones
  • Unsafe structures
  • …and many others.

In the case of premises liability, the owner of the property, home or business must be legally responsible for it and must have acted wrongfully or negligently, causing harm to come to the claimant. If these two conditions are met, an individual will likely have a valid claim under New Jersey law.

Contact Our New Jersey Premises Liability Law Firm

Having won MILLIONS in settlements and verdicts for our clients, at the law offices of Levinson Axelrod P.A, we understand the devastating effects that an accident can have on both you and your family. After an accident, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, especially when you do not have anyone fighting on your behalf to protect your rights.

With decades of combined legal experience handling nothing other than personal injury matters, we are uniquely qualified to not only handle your case, but to also guide you safely through the entire personal injury litigation process.

With 7 offices in the Garden State, we proudly serves clients from offices in the following New Jersey locations:

To find out how our legal team can bring justice and peace of mind to you and your loved ones, contact us today at (800) 34-NJ-LAW or (800) 346-5529. We have staff ready to take your call and you will be quickly connected to one of our highly trained lawyers to discuss the merits of your claim.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to send an inquiry online, simply fill out and send the "Free Case Evaluation" form located near the top of this page and we will contact you shortly after receiving your message.

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