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Navigating Premises Liability Cases: Protecting Your Rights

When accidents occur on someone else’s property, determining who’s at fault and whether the injured party deserves compensation is at the heart of premises liability law. Whether you’ve suffered a fall at a local store or an injury at a private residence, it’s crucial to know your rights. This guide delves into what premises liability involves, the responsibilities of property owners, and how a skilled premises liability attorney can protect your rights.

Premises liability litigation in NJWhat is Premises Liability?

Premises liability is a legal principle that holds property owners and occupiers responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property. This area of law covers a range of incidents, from slips and falls to inadequate building security, leading to personal injuries or even wrongful death. Property owners must ensure their property is reasonably safe for visitors. Failure to do so can make them liable for any injuries.

Understanding Visitor Classifications

Under premises liability law, the extent of a property owner’s responsibility depends on the visitor’s legal status—invitee, licensee, or trespasser. Each category receives different levels of protection under the law.

  • Invitees enter a property for business purposes like shopping, granting them the highest duty of care. Property owners should actively inspect their property and fix or warn about any dangers.
  • Licensees are social guests. The owner should warn them of known dangers but isn’t required to inspect the property for their benefit.
  • Trespassers who enter a property illegally receive the least protection. Still, owners cannot willfully harm them and must warn of known, serious dangers if trespassing is anticipated.

Common Types of Premises Liability Claims

Premises liability claims arise from hazardous conditions. Common premises liability cases include:

  • Slips and falls due to icy conditions, wet floors, or torn carpeting
  • Attacks due to inadequate security on the premises
  • Dog bites caused by unrestrained animals
  • Exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals
  • Drowning or other pool-related accidents

How a Premises Liability Attorney Can Help

Navigating a premises liability claim is overwhelming without professional legal advice. An experienced premises liability lawyer gathers evidence to help prove the property owner’s negligence, establishing liability. Then, they negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The hope is to settle out of court for a faster, more cost-effective process, but your lawyer will provide ongoing representation if the case goes to trial.

Contact Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy, LLC

The stress and pain of being injured on someone else’s property are enough to worry about without the added pressure of a legal battle. If you’re preparing to file a personal liability claim, turn to Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy, LLC for expert guidance.

With over 70 years of litigation experience and a track record of winning several million-dollar verdicts and settlements, our firm is well-equipped to take the weight off your shoulders. We provide support to Spanish-speaking clients and offer dedicated, compassionate service to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at 862-263-0770 today to schedule your free, one-hour consultation at one of our five New Jersey offices.

  • In 2022, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of 8 million dollars.
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