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New Jersey Premises Liability Lawyer

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If you were injured because of a hazardous condition on someone else’s property in Hackensack, Paramus, Bergen County, or any of New York City’s five boroughs, the New Jersey premises liability lawyers of Eisbrouch Marsh can discuss your legal rights during a complimentary case evaluation. Catastrophic harm caused by slips, falls and accidents on dangerous premises often give rise to a civil claim for damages.

Under New Jersey law, business and property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises free of hazardous conditions and to remedy any problems in a reasonable time period once they’re detected. Unfortunately, property owners are often negligent in their responsibility to repair broken stairs, provide adequate security, or clear icy sidewalks during cold winter months, leaving guests and patrons at risk for serious harm.

The NJ personal injury attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh offer more than 25 years of litigation experience, and are dedicated to securing the compensation our clients deserve when the unthinkable happens. A successful premises liability lawsuit can help offset economic losses and bring peace of mind following a traumatic trip and fall, construction accident, or workplace injury.

Premises liability overview

Premises liability is a body of law that holds the person who is in possession of the property or grounds legally liable for injuries suffered by those on the premises. This duty extends to individuals such as guests, customers, employees or even passers-by. The property owner or possessor is under obligation to warn or otherwise protect an invitee from potential injury due to a hazardous condition if the threat of harm is unreasonable, or the property owner knows or should have known of the condition.

Though trespassers are not owed the same protections in the event of injury, the law mandates that property owners must caution trespassers of known defects or dangers that are present on the grounds.

The owner of a property or the operator currently in possession is legally obligated under New Jersey law to address potentially dangerous conditions within a reasonable amount of time, and alert visitors and guests of any hazards. When this duty is breached, unsuspecting guests may suffer debilitating and often permanent injuries.

However, in order to file a personal injury lawsuit arising from hazardous conditions on another’s property, you need the assistance and legal expertise of veteran slip and fall attorneys. Eisbrouch Marsh has successfully represented dozens of clients in Bergen County, NJ and beyond who have been injured in stores, parking lots, restaurants, apartment buildings, construction sites, private homes and other places of business.

Types of premises liability claims in New Jersey

Our NJ premises liability lawyers take on a variety of cases, whether they occurred on residential, commercial or government-owned property.

Examples of claims we have litigated include:

  • Slip, trip and falls
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Cracked or uneven sidewalks
  • Construction site accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Negligent security
  • Motel/ hotel injuries
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Recreational event injuries
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Restaurant or retail store injuries
  • Falling debris
  • Insufficient lighting

It’s important to note that New Jersey has enacted specific legislation for both hotels and apartment buildings that have multiple dwellings. These strict building codes help ensure that property is safely built and maintained.

In the event of an accident such as a slip and fall on such premises, our attorneys will investigate to verify whether New Jersey building codes or standards of maintenance were violated.

To help establish liability, our network of industry experts will conduct an on-site assessment of the property where the accident took place. Further proof such as photographs of the scene, eye-witness testimony and forensic testing may be utilized to bolster allegations that the property owner in question was negligent.

Liability for NJ property & business owners

New Jersey and New York property owners have certain legal obligations in the event of personal injury on their premises, which depends on the following:

  • Customers who are categorized as invitees are owed the highest standard of care. Business and property owners who invite guests must perform regular inspections of their property and alert guests of any hazards.
  • Property owners or landlords have a slightly lesser duty of care to those who were invited as friends. They do not have to conduct regular site inspections, but should warn visitors about any unsafe conditions and attempt to fix them.
  • Property owners are under legal obligation to warn trespassers of known hazards on the premises.

Whether your accident happened on a broken piece of sidewalk or a poorly-lit apartment building stair well, it’s imperative to partner with a law firm that has the knowledge and financial resources to thoroughly investigate your case and protect your best interests.

Helping New Jersey residents for almost three decades, Eisbrouch Marsh is renowned for our personal attention, unrivaled trial skills and substantial verdicts and settlements procured on behalf of our clients.

Injuries caused by unsafe property conditions

Premises liability lawsuits filed in New Jersey often arise from severe and life-threatening injuries.

Injuries that generate premises liability lawsuits:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Serious burns
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Head and neck injuries

Such injuries often entail prolonged hospitalization, costly surgery, long-term physical therapy, and may even result in lasting physical disability.

Get the compensation you deserve

Demonstrating fault in a premises liability lawsuit is no easy task, but the NJ slip and fall lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh can help victims prove the extent of their harm and establish liability in cases stemming from unsafe property conditions. We serve all 5 boroughs of NYC, as well as Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Middlesex, Essex and Bergen County. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may be able to obtain compensation for past and future medical expenses, the costs of time off of work, any reduction in quality of life, and pain and suffering.

To arrange a free and confidential case assessment, we invite you to call 201-342-5545.

  1. CNN, America's workplace a lot less deadly, http://money.cnn.com/2012/09/21/real_estate/work-deaths/ 
  2. State of New Jersey, Division of Codes and Standards, http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/
  3. Vermont Civil Jury Instruction Committee, Section 5. Premises Liability, http://www.vtbar.org/UserFiles/Files/WebPages/Attorney%20Resources/juryinstructions/civiljuryinstructions/premiseliability.htm