Winter is approaching, which means cold temperatures, snow, sleet, ice, and an unfortunate increase in the number of slip and fall accidents. According to New Jersey premise liability laws, a property owner and manager have an obligation to maintain and keep the property safe in order to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents. This may lead to multiple parties being responsible for any injuries that occur on or near the property.
When maintaining a property, a person must use a reasonable standard of care. This may include, repairing any cracks, shoveling snow, leaving an open walkway, and putting down salt. When a person is injured by something that could have been prevented or that was reasonably foreseeable to create a hazard, a property owner may be liable. Therefore, a person may be entitled to damages. Reasonably foreseeable hazards include failing to remove ice and snow.
Parties that are often responsible for slip and fall accidents are:
- IN NEW JERSEY, HOMEOWNERS ARE NOT REQUIRED REMOVE SNOW AND ICE AND ARE NOT USUALLY LIABLE FOR SLIP AND FALL INJURIES UNLESS HE OR SHE MAKES THE CONDITIONS WORSE.
- COMMERCIAL PROPERTY OWNERS AND MANAGERS HAVE A LEGAL OBLIGATION TO MITIGATE THE RISK OF INJURY TO OTHERS. STORE, BUSINESSES, MOVIE THEATRES, HOTELS, AND APARTMENT COMPLEXES, AMONG OTHERS, MUST POST WARNINGS AND ARE OBLIGATED TO REMOVE ANY HAZARDS.
- OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS WHO FAIL TO REMOVE SNOW AND ICE OR DO A POOR JOB MAY LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES.
- RENTERS OF A COMMERCIAL SPACE MAY SHARE LIABILITY WITH A PROPERTY OWNER FOR ANY INJURIES ON THE PREMISES.
Each year thousands of people are injured in slip and fall accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall, it is important to contact an experienced slip and falls lawyer. The attorneys at Richard P. Rinaldo, Esq are skilled personal injury lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please contact us today at 908-352-2500 to schedule a free initial consultation.