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Premises Liability Claims: Holding Property Owners Accountable For Negligence

If you are injured on someone else’s property — a business, a home, even a public place — you may have a premises liability claim against the owner or caretaker of the property.

You are not automatically entitled to compensation just because you suffered an injury. You must show that you were injured because of negligence. That’s where our Mount Laurel trial lawyers come in. We know how to hold property owners responsible for failing in their safety obligations.

Find out if you have a case

Injured by dangerous property or carelessness? Call Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C., at 856-437-0969 for a free consultation. We serve Burlington County and surrounding New Jersey.

Property Owners Have A Duty To Your Safety

Under New Jersey law, owners of businesses, apartment buildings and other commercial property have a high duty to ensure their premises are safe for patrons and visitors. Homeowners and governmental entities have a similar legal obligation to provide a safe environment.

Examples of possible premises liability lawsuits include:

  • Injuries from construction activity
  • Slip-and-falls due to unsafe conditions
  • Drownings and swimming pool injuries
  • Injuries inflicted by bouncers or security staff
  • Dog bites and attacks
  • Rape, mugging or assault due to inadequate security
  • Elevator and escalator injuries
  • Injuries from fires and explosions

Our experienced premises liability lawyers investigate promptly to preserve evidence of the safety hazard and talk to any witnesses. We work to establish that the owner, landlord, building manager or property management company had knowledge of the danger or should have discovered it through regular upkeep, or that the owner was negligent in hiring or supervising employees who caused or contributed to injury.

Common Questions Our Clients Have About Premises Liability Claims

How long do I have to file a premises liability claim?

In New Jersey, you must file your premises liability claim within two years of the date you sustained your injuries. Filing it sooner rather than later, though, can make managing your case less stressful, and a Cherry Hill premises liability lawyer can assist with the process.

What are some examples of dangerous premises?

There are numerous hazards that can make properties unsafe. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Broken or defective elevators and escalators
  • Broken staircases and stair railings
  • Cracked or icy sidewalks
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Inadequate or negligent security
  • Poor lighting
  • Uneven or wet floors

How do I know if my premises liability case is legitimate?

Having a legitimate – or provable – premises liability case in New Jersey hinges on these factors:

  1. There were hazards on the property where you were injured, which the property owner had the duty to remove.
  2. The property owner should have known the hazards on their property would cause injuries.
  3. The property owner failed to remove the hazards.
  4. The presence of these hazards led to your injuries.

Proving these factors can be tough to do alone. A New Jersey premises liability attorney will have the necessary understanding of state premises liability laws to help you build your case.

We Can Get Started Today

Our legal team can answer your questions and explain your legal recourse. Call us toll free at 856-437-0969, or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We take premises liability claims on a contingency basis, which means we do not collect attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.