It is reasonable to expect that a landowner will keep their property well maintained and safe for us when we visit. However, many commercial and private landowners fail in this duty. When property owners fail to uphold this duty, they may allow for conditions that can result in slip and falls.
However, just because a slip happens on another’s land does not mean that the landowner is automatically at fault. This is because the New Jersey laws concerning the obligations of landowners are complex.
A skilled attorney could work to protect your rights. A Washington Township slip and fall lawyer understands the obligations of landowners in New Jersey and how their actions could fail to provide essential protections to visitors. If this negligence caused your injuries, a meticulous premises liability lawyer can work to help you claim compensation for your injuries.
All visitors should take caution whenever they are visiting another’s property. The law requires everyone to take appropriate steps to protect their own well being. Still, there are many scenarios where a landowner’s failure to maintain their land or warn a visitor of a hazard could lead to an unavoidable slip and fall.
Most slips and falls result from a temporary hazard. These are conditions that may not be obvious to a visitor and as a result landowners should warn their visitors when they know of them. Additionally, they should work to fix the hazard as soon as possible to avoid any injuries. Slip and falls can cause severe injuries. Even a fall to the ground may cause a person to hit their head which can result in a traumatic brain injury. Other common injuries following a slip and fall include:
• Sprained ligaments
• Separated joints
• Broken bones
• Severe bruising
A negligent landowner is responsible to compensate an injured person for all his or her losses. However, proving negligence in a slip and fall case can be surprisingly complex.
While all landowners have a duty to protect their visitors from harm, the level of protection required varies depending upon the visitor’s reasons for being on the land. New Jersey law recognizes three classes of visitors each with their own definitions and rights. A Washington Township slip and fall lawyer can help you understand what class you fall into and what it means for your claim.
The least protected class of visitor is a trespasser. This is any person who enters private property without the owner’s permission or one who remains on the land after an invitation expires. Landowners must only refrain from intentionally or wantonly injuring a trespasser.
A medium level of protection is given to licensees. These are people who enter private property with the owner’s permission for a non-business purpose. A visitor at a house party is a licensee. Landowners must warn these visitors of the known hazards on the property but are not legally required to regularly inspect the land for defects.
The most protection is provided to people who visit land for a business purpose. This includes shoppers in a mall or patrons at a movie theatre. Known as invitees, landowners must take all possible steps to protect these people from harm, including patrolling their land for temporary hazards.
Slip and falls can result in serious injuries. Even if you make a full recovery, you may have thousands of dollars of medical bills and miss significant time at work. This has the potential to throw your life into chaos.
Pursuing a lawsuit for damages sustained in a slip and fall accident may provide some financial stability. A Washington Township slip and fall lawyer could take the lead in pursuing these claims. We can help you get the compensation you need to be able to move forward. Call us today to get started.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
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