New Jersey premises liability law requires owners of businesses, private homes and other properties to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for others. When a property owner is aware of a dangerous condition on his or her property, yet they fail to address it, they can be held responsible if someone becomes seriously injured.
Common unsafe or dangerous conditions can include:
- Uncleared snow or ice on walkways and driveways
- Unsafe stairs
- Broken or uneven sidewalks
- Inadequate lighting on walkways or stairs
- Potholes or cracks in pavement
- Spills or objects on the ground
- Toxic fumes or chemical substances
- Unsecured objects that fall on visitors
- Discarded objects that can cause harm to others
- Faulty or exposed wiring
- Improperly secured swimming pools, hot tubs, or trampolines
- Dogs that are not properly confined or leashed
- Poorly marked emergency exits
- Inadequate security
Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises safe for anyone who lawfully visits or passes through the property, including social guests, customers, employees and passers-by. Hazards on the property can lead to many different types of injuries. Seemingly small problems, such as a broken handrail or a loose step, can lead to serious consequences when a visitor to the property falls down the stairs and suffers a broken leg, brain injury, or even death.
When passing through a property, visitors should be alert and remember to report hazardous property conditions that they see to the property owner or manager. Once a property owner becomes aware of a dangerous property condition, he or she has a reasonable amount of time to make the property safe. Actions that can be taken to make the property safe include fixing the dangerous condition, putting up warning signs, or blocking off the dangerous area and making it inaccessible.
New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Get Compensation For People Injured By Hazardous Property Conditions
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of hazardous conditions on someone’s property or at their place of business, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced New Jersey premises liability lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Union Beach and Neptune. For a free consultation, call us at 866-957-5237 or contact us online today.