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 by 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 could get complicated quickly.
Owners of the property have basic obligations under federal, state and local laws. While these laws differ, irrespective of where you reside, the basic underlying functions are similar: owners of properties have an obligation to ensure that 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 people could suffer severe personal injuries. The lawyers that specialize in premises liability at Corradino and Papa, LLC are highly experienced in holding owners of property accountable for their negligence and carelessness. Come speak to us you concerning your claim and we’ll help evaluate whether or not your case is legally viable.
Have you been hurt and require a premises liability lawyer with a wealth of experience? Please call us today at 973-574-1200. Our consultation is free of charge.
Nature of Premises Liability Issues
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 experience in the field which is most relevant to your claim.
At Corradino and Papa, LLC, our lawyers specializing in premises liability possess the expertise to handle cases involving:
- Defective sidewalks
- Electricity & electrocution
- Insufficient security
- Slip & fall cases
- Staircase accidents
Premises liability issues are often brought about by:
- Building code violations
- Defective electrical wiring
- Poor construction
- Shoddy materials
- Snow/ water placed on walkways
Our premises liability lawyers 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, “At what point should I consider a claim for premises liability?”
Premises liability cases can cause injuries that, if left unattended, can result in chronic pain conditions which span for many years. Many 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
Premise Liability Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the typical process in filing a claim for a premise liability case?
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.
What point should I be looking at hiring an attorney or something like this?
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 other components are important when filing a premises liability case?
The other component to take into account is that 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, it could be 7 days, it could be a month, depending 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 weather factor into premise liability cases?
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 that there is some evidence that documents the dangerous condition that 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.
In the premise liability case from whom does compensation typically come from?
In almost all cases in which we represent a person injured on-premises, compensation comes from insurance companies of those persons or entities who own, lease, maintain, and/or manage the property.
What kind of damages can I seek coverage for when filing my claim?
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.
Is there like an amount of time that a hazard needs to be present in order for the property owner to be 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, we’ll often have to hire an expert that 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: that a condition was dangerous and B: that it was permitted to exist for more time than the law has permitted it to be- to exist.
What’s the difference between a premise liability case and a flip and fall case?
So, the premise liability case would really be kind of all-encompassing. Any type of accident that happens on a premise, that might include a flip and fall type of case, it could include a trip and fall type of case, it could be an accident that happens on a dangerous area, like a piece of sharp metal that’s exposed in a place where the public typically walk by. A flip 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 who can assist you in pursuing justice as well as compensation for injuries you sustained, please do not hesitate in contacting Corradino and Papa, LLC today. Remember, that our Consultation is FREE. You will pay no fee unless we win.