For over a week, snow-weary New Jersey residents have struggled to dig themselves out from under almost two feet of snow. And while cleared sidewalks and parking lots are a welcome sight, they bring with them the danger of severe slip and fall accidents. When someone suffers an injury because of an inadequately shoveled sidewalk or parking lot, commercial property owners may be responsible.
Premises Liability Basics
Generally, commercial property owners in New Jersey must use reasonable care to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition — this is a legal theory referred to as premises liability. To avoid liability for an injury that occurs on their property, a landowner must either:
- Use ordinary or reasonable care to identify and repair potentially dangerous conditions, or
- Warn guests and visitors of hazards that are known or should be known, provided that the guests and visitors are unaware of the hazards and could not reasonably discover them.
If someone suffers an injury because a commercial property owner fails to follow through on duties to guests and passersby, then the injured person may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. This is true even if snow or ice build-up has caused the dangerous condition.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you fell on a slippery sidewalk or in the parking lot of a restaurant, shopping mall, supermarket or other commercial building, contact a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. An attorney experienced in handling slip and fall claims can assess your case and can help you receive the compensation for your injuries that you deserve.