• Understanding Premises Liability: What You Can Do If You Have Been Injured on a South Jersey Property

    Your day may have started out like any other. Perhaps you were walking your dog in front of a neighbor’s house and fell on a badly cracked sidewalk. Perhaps you were shopping at the market and slipped on a wet spot on the floor that hadn’t been mopped up. Maybe you were descending a poorly lit flight of stairs at a local business and took a tumble. Whatever the circumstance, when you suffer an injury when visiting somebody else’s property, it is important that you understand that you have a right to compensation for any damages that you’ve suffered, whether that means recovering the cost of your medical expenses, any wages that you lost during your recovery, or any ongoing pain or trauma that your experience has put you through. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC have a successful record of helping victims who have been injured on a South Jersey property. Call us today to see how we can help you too.

    There is no question that when faced with a dangerous situation, you will walk away. But these situations do not always make themselves apparent, and are often a result of carelessness by another person. When it comes to injuries that occur on another person’s property, if the owner of the property was negligent in having created the unsafe condition or in not having addressed it, then you may be eligible to seek compensation. Property owners are legally required to uphold their duty of care. That means that when they know that a dangerous condition is present, they are responsible for addressing it in order to prevent injury to another person. In addition to being responsible for addressing situations o which they are aware, a property owner is also expected to discover a situation after a reasonable period of time – simply not being aware of a potential hazard is not a good enough excuse after too much time has gone by. Examples of potential hazards include:

    • Wet floors
    • Icy sidewalks, parking lots or driveways
    • Unmaintained surfaces
    • Poorly lit stairwells and hallways
    • Debris
    • Negligent security
    • Animal attacks

    The duty of care applies to owners and property managers of any public space, as well as to the owners of private property. That means that protections are offered to those visiting sites such as shopping malls and restaurants as well as to an individual’s home. Generally speaking, the only time that a person is not provided protection from these types of hazards is when they are trespassing on the property or did not exercise proper care on their own behalf.

    If you believe that the injuries that you suffered on another person’s property or in a public space are a result of negligence or carelessness on the part of the property’s owner or manager, then you may be entitled to receive compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. Call the South Jersey premises liability attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC to see how we can help.

    Learn more about Premises Liability and Personal Injury HERE.

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