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If you sustain injuries while you are on someone else’s property, the property owner may be legally liable for all your injuries and damages. While many such injuries occur due to a simple slip and fall, other property defects including uneven sidewalks can result in serious injuries.
A Washington Township premises liability lawyer could determine if you have a case and pursue appropriate compensation through legal action. If you were hurt on someone else’s land, let our dedicated personal injury attorneys work on your behalf to help you look out for your own best interests. En Español.
Statute of Limitations in Premises Liability Cases
Personal injuries that occur on someone else’s property generally have a two-year statute of limitations, as per New Jersey Revised Statutes §2A:14-2. This means you must file a claim or lawsuit against the property owner or manager within two years of the date of injury. This time limitation can be extended if the injured party is a minor. A minor would have two years from his or her 18th birthday to file a claim.
If you do not file within that time period, then you would likely not be eligible to recover monetary damages. Among many other services, a premises liability attorney in Washington Township could ensure you file a timely claim or lawsuit against all potentially responsible parties.
There are also laws which shorten the above time limitations if a public entity is involved. In that case, a notice needs to be provided to the appropriate entity within 90 days of the incident or the claim can be barred.
Grounds for a Premises Liability Case
When visitors and customers set foot on someone else’s property, including businesses open to the public, they reasonably expect that the property will be well-maintained and safe. Accordingly, property managers, landlords, building managers, and building owners all owe affirmative duties to his or her guests.
More specifically, you must maintain his or her properties at all times, warn of or repair any known defects or dangers, and regularly inspect their premises to look for hidden defects. When individuals fail to take these measures and an accident occurs, the accident victim can hold him or her responsible.
With this in mind, a Washington Township premises liability lawyer may be able to help you file a claim or lawsuit against a property owner, landlord, or manager for many different reasons, including but not limited to:
- Slip and fall accidents on the premises
- Poorly maintained or defective areas on the property such as railings, staircases, worn surfaces
- Inadequate security on the property which led to an attack, assault, or another injury
- Swimming pool or jacuzzi accidents
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Property fires
- Gas leaks
Determining Fault and Recovering Damages
In order to prove negligence on the part of a property owner, manager, or landlord, you must first show that a hazardous condition actually existed on the property. Next, you must demonstrate that the dangerous condition directly caused a serious injury or group of injuries. The property owner or manager must also have created the dangerous condition, known about the condition, or been in a position to know about it.
Finally, the manager or owner must have failed to remedy or warn about the condition in a timely manner, prior to the accident occurring. If you can show that the defective condition directly caused your injuries, you may be able to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, suffering, pain, and inconvenience.
Talk to a Washington Township Premises Liability Attorney
Injuries suffered on another person’s property can cause you pain and inconvenience for many weeks or months. You may have to undergo medical treatment, take off work, and suffer immense disruption to your life.
Our personal injury attorneys have the skills to take on your case and help you seek compensation. Speak to a Washington Township premises liability lawyer from our firm today to review your accident circumstances and decide on the best course of action for your situation.