Slip-and-fall accidents are common and often result in injuries and even trips to the hospital for treatment.
Some slip-and-fall accidents cause serious injury, while others have only minor consequences.
Often, these accidents happen because someone was careless and allowed a dangerous condition to exist on their property.
When your slip, trip, or fall is due to no fault of your own, you may have a valid claim for a New Jersey slip-and-fall lawsuit.
But before filing the case, you need to understand who is liable for a slip-and-fall accident under New Jersey law.
Our slip-and-fall lawyers have helped dozens of clients successfully pursue compensation after a slip and fall.
Clients are confident in our ability to effectively and efficiently bring the case to a resolution.
Who Is Liable for a Slip and Fall?
Slip-and-fall cases are a type of premises liability case based on negligence.
Under the theory of negligence, someone is liable for your injuries if they owed a duty of care to you and failed to meet it, causing harm.
In the context of slip-and-fall cases, property owners must keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and warn certain visitors of dangers or hazards.
Property owners who may be liable if someone slips and falls on their property include:
- Grocery stores,
- Amusement parks,
- Shopping malls,
- Retail stores, and
- Public transportation stations.
Property owners owe differing obligations to you depending on the type of property and your reason for being on the property.
Adult trespassers have the least protection, whereas invitees or patrons have the most.
What Do I Need to Prove in a New Jersey Slip-and-Fall Lawsuit?
As we discussed, premises liability cases are based on the theory of negligence.
To prevail on a slip-and-fall claim based on negligence, you need to prove the following elements:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care;
- The property owner failed to meet the duty of care;
- The breach of duty caused you to slip and fall; and
- You suffered an injury because of the slip and fall.
Additionally, you must file your claim within the statute of limitations for New Jersey slip-and-fall cases.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you likely have to file your lawsuit within two years after the accident.
It’s a good idea to talk to an attorney shortly after the accident because they can help you file your claim on time.
A slip-and-fall attorney can also assist you in gathering the appropriate evidence to prove the elements of the claim.
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