Animal bites, slip and fall accidents, construction site accidents or even uncleared ice or snow on walkways at a business or a private residence has the potential to incur litigation. Known as premises liability, every property owner has the obligation to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition to avoid such accidents, or at the very least, they must warn people of potential dangers. Premises liability lawyers in Freehold, Elizabeth and in communities throughout New Jersey are very familiar with premises liability issues because they take place with a high degree of frequency.
Premises liability claims seek to compensate the injured party for economic damages caused by the accident and may also include a pain and suffering component as well. Not every accident that happens is the responsibility of the property owner. However, a premises liability lawyer can help determine which instances are the responsibility of the property owner and help the claimant seek appropriate damages.
These types of cases are almost always defended in a vigorous manner. In those instances, it is up to the injured person to prove:
- He or she was invited onto the property and was not trespassing
- The property owner had a duty of care, which means it was their responsibility to maintain the property in a safe manner.
- The property owner did not maintain the property in a safe manner, known as breaching the duty of care.
Premises liability lawyers generally are paid a percentage of the settlement in a premises liability case and are paid after the case is resolved.
Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq is a full service New Jersey law firm with offices in Elizabeth, Freehold, Hackensack, Newark, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Plainfield and Trenton.