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Premises Liability

Our New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyers Hold Property Owners Accountable

Dedicated to personal injury recovery since 1976

Businesses, public entities and residential owners have a duty to you whenever you come onto their property. This duty is governed by the doctrine of premises liability. New Jersey laws protect you whether you enter an apartment building, a sports arena, a movie theater, an office building, a public park, or any other private or government-owned land or structure.

Established in 1976, Seigel Law focuses solely on personal injury recovery. Our Ridgewood office serves injured clients throughout the communities of Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. We have the extensive resources and the exceptional experience to take on catastrophic injury cases that occur because of the negligence of an individual, corporate or government property owner.

Elements of a premises liability claim

Under the premises liability doctrine, property owners and possessors owe you a duty to:

  • Keep property in good condition
  • Repair dangerous conditions
  • Warn you of hazardous conditions
  • In some cases, inspect the property for defects

To prevail on a premises liability claim, you must prove each element, including that the defendant — such as the landlord of your residential apartment or the owner of a business — owed you a duty of care and breached the duty.

Degrees of duty

The level of a property owner’s duty depends on your status when you are injured. The three categories of premises liability plaintiffs are:

  • Invitee — You were invited onto the property for a commercial benefit to the owner or possessor, as a shopping mall or grocery store customer, for example. The owner has the highest duty of care to invitees, including to periodically inspect the premises for dangerous situations.
  • Licensee — You were invited onto the property for a purpose other than commercial — such as if you were a social guest at a party. In this case, the owner would be held liable if the person knew or should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to make it safe or warn guests of the dangers, and the guests did not know or have reason to know about the risk.
  • Trespasser — Even if you were not invited onto the property, the owner has a basic duty to warn you about dangers that might harm you.

Learn more about holding the negligent property owner responsible for your injuries

Seigel Law only handles personal injury litigation for clients located throughout northern New Jersey. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary initial consultation at our Ridgewood based law firm. Our lawyers can also set your appointment at your home or hospital if your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office. Your claim is handled on contingency — meaning you do not owe us attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you.

  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

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    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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