With just about any type of personal injury that requires treatment, you’re in a stressful situation and you’ve got bills that rack up pretty quickly. You may also be losing days at work, which results in a loss of wages. With injuries that are more severe, you may even be facing physical therapy and other treatments that last for months, or even years. It’s a terrible thing to happen, and if someone is responsible, you’ll want to file a claim against them.
But what happens when your injuries are a result of an accident that was a slip and fall on private property? Do you sue the property owner? In New Jersey, the slip and fall laws are very specific about whether you can sue or not. If this has happened to you, the best course of action is to contact a reputable slip and fall attorney in City, NJ.
Let’s say that you’ve had a slip and fall accident on your neighbor’s property. The extent of the injuries is severe. Could you sue for damages? There are two scenarios.
The first one is when your accident has happened on a single-family property. In this situation, you can’t hold the owner of said property liable for your accident. Unlike a commercial property, where you can hold the staff and owner responsible, the owner of a single-family property doesn’t have a responsibility to keep the area safe. A commercial property has a purpose to create a profit, and therefore, the owner has a responsibility to make sure that the area is safe for their customers. A single-family property owner doesn’t have that responsibility, and can’t be held liable for your accident.
On the other hand, if the slip and fall accident has happened in an apartment building or condo complex, or another kind of multi-family dwelling, that’s a different story. The residents of the property are not in any way responsible for accidents on the property. The owner of the multi-family property, as well as any managers, on the other hand, are. The owner is getting a profit from the people living in the complex or building, and as mentioned previously, they’re responsible for keeping the area safe. Therefore, if you have a slip and fall accident while you’re visiting a friend, for example, at their apartment complex, the property owner can be sued for liability.
Note, however, that the other side may argue that you bear some responsibility for what happened. You may hear arguments such as you weren’t paying attention to where you walk, you were wearing inappropriate footwear for the circumstances, etc.
In any case, when you have a slip and fall accident, there’s nothing better than contacting a good slip and fall lawyer in City, NJ. Contact Gencarelli & Rimassa Law Firm LLC today at 201.549.8737, and let us ensure that you’re well aware of your rights to compensation, and we’re getting you the compensation you deserve.
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