Experienced New Jersey Slip and Fall Attorney
Lance Brown & Associates represents victims of slip and fall accidents in New Jersey. Property owners owe a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe from hazards for the people on their property and can be held liable for creating a dangerous condition or failing to correct a danger in a reasonable period of time. A slip and fall is no joke and can create serious injuries, from fractures of the hip, wrist and ankle to concussions and debilitating back injuries. When you need an effective premises liability attorney, Lance Brown & Associates can help you recover compensation for your injuries caused by unsafe and dangerous condition on the premises, such as:
- Food or drink spills in a grocery store or restaurant
- Icy sidewalks
- Wet and slippery entryways
- Unmarked steps
- Worn or uneven carpeting
- Broken or absent handrails
- Unlit stairwells
Premises Liability Under New Jersey Law
Traditionally, property owners had different duties depending upon the status of the person on the property. While New Jersey no longer strictly adheres to these common law principles, it may still look to them to decide whether it is fair to impose a duty on the landowner in a particular case. The historical common law distinctions are as follows.
- Invitee – This is someone invited onto the property, such as a guest to a home or a customer at a business. Property owners owe a duty to invitees to keep their premises safe and free of defects. They must repair dangerous conditions and warn of hidden dangers.
- Licensee – This is a person with a license to enter the property to conduct a business purpose, such as a meter reader, letter carrier or delivery person. The property owner may not have a duty to inspect the premises and make them safe, but still has a duty to repair or warn of dangers the owner has actual or constructive notice of.
- Trespasser – A trespasser is someone who has no legal right to be on the premises at the time. Even a trespasser has rights, however, and a property owner who sets out to wantonly injure another may be liable for the damages caused.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation for Your New Jersey Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are often difficult cases to pursue for a number of reasons. Insurance company defense lawyers may argue that the accident occurred before the property owner had a reasonable opportunity to become aware of and fix the dangerous condition. They may also argue that the plaintiff’s injuries are not serious or were caused by a previous injury, or that the plaintiff’s own negligence caused the accident. These issues are often complex, and it takes a skilled and knowledgeable attorney to prepare and present a forceful, persuasive case to achieve a settlement or judgment that compensates you for your injuries. Lance Brown has the abilities and experience to achieve a just result in your case. If you have been injured in a New Jersey slip and fall accident, contact Lance Brown & Associates for sound advice and effective representation.