Unfortunately, it is easy to become injured doing basic everyday tasks, like walking down the sidewalk or grocery shopping. As a result, it is important to understand New Jersey’s premises liability law and what to do in the event that an accident occurs. Read on to learn more.
Who is Responsible for a Premises Liability Accident?
Individuals who want to pursue a premises liability lawsuit need to know two things- who owns the property and why they are liable. Property owners owe a duty of care to those who come onto their grounds, whether they are a licensee or an invitee. An invitee is a person invited onto the property for business or commercial reasons, while a licensee was on the property for non-business or non-commercial reasons. In some cases, a property owner may even be held responsible for a trespasser’s injuries. Failure to take care of their property is a breach of the owner’s duty of care, and they may be liable for any accidents that happen as a result.
What are the Most Common Premises Liability Accidents?
The most common premises liability accidents are caused by:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dangerous conditions
- Defective security
- Inadequate maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
- Inadequate lighting
If you have been injured due to any of these forms of negligence, there is a good chance you will be entitled to recover compensation.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be exploring your legal options. After all, you may be suffering physically, mentally, and financially and you may deserve compensation to help ease the burdens you now face as a result of your injury. It is important to know that if you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two weeks from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a premises liability accident, our firm is here to help. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.