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New Jersey’s Slip and Fall Protection Laws

New Jersey property owners are responsible for most incidents that take place on their property. New Jersey property owners are responsible to keep their land free of known or foreseeable hazards, such as wet floors, debris, snow and ice accumulation, and cracks in the sidewalk. This is known as New Jersey’s premises liability law.

A typical example of this is when a New Jersey property owner fails to repair her sidewalk. If the property owner knew or should have known that the sidewalk was in a state of disrepair and failed to repair it; if so, the property owner can be found responsible. Other slip and fall accidents have been found to create liability for New Jersey property owners because of wet floors, improperly secured mats or rugs, spilled substances, bad lighting concealing a hazard, or failure to properly remove snow and ice.

People who have a slip and fall accident on another’s property can quickly find themselves with significant out-of-pocket financial expenses, such as large medical bills, lost wages, and many other financial hardships. However, if you have one of these accidents you may be able to hold the property owner responsible under New Jersey premises liability laws to help cover your financial expenses and receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

All New Jersey property owners have a duty to keep their property safe from any known or foreseeable hazards. However, this does not mean that a property owner is automatically liable for any accident. This is when the experienced attorneys McLaughlin & Nardi attorneys can help.

If you have been injured due to a slip and fall, prompt consultation with a New Jersey attorney is essential for several important reasons. First, there are mandatory regulations that require a person injured on public properties to provide notice, typically ninety days but it can be even shorter. Failure to give proper notice can result in the loss of the ability to later recover money for financial expenses or pain and suffering.

In addition, a condition on the property that caused the accident can often be altered or changed. For example, a person who slips and falls on someone’s property because the cement steps were poorly maintained and worn out can cause the property owner to be held liable. However, if you wait too long to bring a claim and the cement steps are repaired it may be harder to recover compensation.

Finally, the New Jersey limitation period to bring a law suit against private property owner is two years from the date a “claim accrued.” Typically the date on which the claim accrues is the date the accident happened.

If you have been injured because of a slip and fall, McLaughlin & Nardi attorneys are here to help. Our experienced and skilled New Jersey attorneys will work to preserve your claims, ensure payment of medical bills, and work to get you monetary compensation for your injuries. To learn more about what we can do to help, please visit our website or e-mail us or call our lawyers at (973)890-0004.