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Premises Liability

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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.