Premises Liability Lawyers New Jersey
If while on another person’s property, you suffer an accident and sustain an injury, the owner or manager of that property is held responsible for your injuries under premises liability law. Notwithstanding this simple explanation, these situations are rarely as simple as they seem. One will still need to understand the laws surrounding injuries sustained on another person’s property as it may get increasingly complex.
Property owners have basic obligations under federal, state and local laws. While these laws differ, irrespective of where you reside, the basic underlying functions are similar: property owners have an obligation to ensure their land(s), as well as the buildings and structures on their premises are safe for authorized visitors.
When they fail to do so, innocent pedestrians and visitors alike could suffer severe personal injuries. Lawyers who specialize in premises liability at Corradino & Papa, LLC are highly experienced in holding at-fault property owners accountable for their negligence and carelessness. Discuss your case or potential claim with us and we will help evaluate whether or not your case is legally viable.
Have you been hurt and require a premises liability lawyer in New Jersey with a wealth of experience? Please call us today at 973-574-1200. Our consultation is free of charge.
Nature of Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability spans across a broad scope of case types, and it is necessary when seeking out legal counsel to consider an attorney who has sufficient and relevant experience pertaining to your claim.
At Corradino & Papa, LLC, our lawyers specializing in premises liability possess the expertise to handle cases such as:
- Defective sidewalks
- Electricity and electrocution
- Insufficient security
- Slip and fall cases
- Staircase accidents
Premises liability issues are often brought about by:
- Building code violations
- Defective electrical wiring
- Poor construction
- Shoddy materials
- Snow or excess water on walkways
Our premises liability lawyers in NJ will take a cursory appraisal of your injury so as to determine its cause, and then proceed to pursue compensation on your behalf. But you may be wondering, “When should I file a premises liability claim?”
Premises liability cases can cause injuries that, if left unattended, can result in chronic pain conditions that last for many years. Most of our clients endure the pain ensuing from their injuries throughout their lives.
Common premises liability injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Electric shocks
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Frequently Asked Questions about Premises Liability
How do I file a premise liability claim?
We want to start by identifying the type of property on which the accident occurred. Depending on where the accident took place the process to file a claim may be different and the time periods involved might be different. In certain cases, we might have to file a notice of claim with the public entity, such as the state, county and/or municipality. In other cases, that might not be necessary; we can go directly to the property owner’s insurance company if we are able to obtain that information. In other cases, we might have to file a lawsuit in order to figure that information out.
When should I consider hiring a premises liability attorney in New Jersey?
As soon as possible. What is most important when it comes to premises liability actions is the condition of the premises be observed in its accident condition as soon as possible. A lot of times as time periods go on, the condition of the premises might change. If there was a dangerous condition, it might get fixed after an accident happens. So, we want to get out and investigate the condition as soon as the accident as possible, to make sure that the evidence establishing the dangerous condition that caused the accident is preserved.
What are the typical components of a premises liability case?
The other component to take into account is nowadays it’s very common for there to be video monitoring or video surveillance that might actually capture an accident occur, or if it’s not an accident occurred at least a dangerous condition that caused the accident to occur.
That evidence is often automatically erased. The time periods for that could be a day, it could be 3 days, 7 days, or a month. This depends on what type of system the property owner has in place in order to capture activity on the property. When we are able to identify that video surveillance might be in use, oftentimes as soon as we get involved, we will write letters to the property owner to ensure that they preserve any type of video evidence. That is another reason why we want to find out about the accident as soon as possible.
Does the weather affect premise liability case outcomes?
Yes, absolutely. A lot of times we have cases where the weather is what actually caused the accident because it creates a dangerous condition on the property that is not cleaned up in a reasonable period of time. In those cases, where it is not possible for us to get alerted to the condition early enough to observe the weather conditions that caused the fall, it is critical to find the evidence that documents the dangerous condition which caused the accident to occur. In those types of cases, it is important that the person can document the incident through photographs, videos, or through the testimony of eyewitnesses such as passers-by, family, friends, police, EMS which provides evidence of the condition that causes the condition that caused the accident.
Who compensates victims during premises liability claims?
Compensation comes from insurance companies of those persons or entities who own, lease, maintain, and/or manage the property.
What are the common types of damages I can recover during premises liability cases?
You can seek compensation for reasonable pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability and impairment, as well as any economic damages that you might have sustained. Depending on the case, economic damages including but not limited to things like loss of an income, reimbursement for out of pocket medical expenses, repayment of loans that might exist on your case by a third party such as Medicare or self-insurance insurance policies.
How long do hazards need to be present in order for property owners to be held responsible?
That would be case-dependent and specific on a whole host of details: including where the property is located, who the property owner is, how dangerous the condition is. But ultimately, it’s up to a jury to decide whether or not the condition was dangerous, and whether or not the property owner was on-notice or should have been on notice of the dangerous condition.
We’ll often have to, in cases where it’s not abundantly clear, hire an expert who can provide expert testimony. Their testimony will come by way of either code, statute, regulation or custom or practice in a particular field or industry to establish — A: a condition was dangerous and B: it was permitted to exist for more time than the law has permitted it to exist.
What’s the difference between a premise liability case and a slip and fall case?
A premise liability case is typically all-encompassing. For example, it could be a slip and fall, trip and fall, or an accident that happens on a dangerous area, like a piece of sharp metal that’s exposed in a place where heavy traffic is present on a regular basis.
A slip and fall case would be something that’s specific, that describes the method of the injury, meaning that there was something on the floor that caused a slippery and dangerous condition to exist, which resulted in a fall.
You should not continue to suffer in silence. We shall rise up for you and also be your voice in this traumatic and difficult time. If you are looking for an experienced premises liability lawyer in NJ who can assist you in pursuing justice and compensation for injuries you have sustained, do not hesitate to contact Corradino & Papa, LLC today. Remember, that our Consultation is FREE. You will pay no fee unless we recover damages.