Thousands of people are injured each year when they slip and fall. Critical injuries can be sustained on a dangerous floor, a flight of stairs or uneven ground. In such cases, it can be quite a challenge to determine who was at fault and who should be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. It is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the premises and make sure that visitors are warned when there is a danger.
It is important to remember that a property owner cannot always been held liable in a Princeton slip-and-fall accident. For example, a property owner cannot usually be held liable for not cleaning up a spill immediately. However, if the spill was not cleaned up within a reasonable amount of time, thus causing a slip and fall injury, the property owner can be held liable. A property owner is also not typically responsible for someone tripping on something that an ordinary person should reasonably expect to see and avoid. However, every situation is different.
There are certain criteria to hold a property owner responsible for a trip-and-fall accident. The owner of the premises must have caused the dangerous condition to exist. The owner of the premises or an employee must have known about the dangerous condition, but did nothing about it. Also, the owner or employee should have had the time and the opportunity to discover and remove the dangerous condition. In a slip-and-fall case, a judge or jury would determine whether the property owner was careful by looking into whether they took adequate and reasonable steps to keep the premises safe.
Determining fault and liability in a slip-and-fall case can be tricky. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, please contact an experienced New Jersey premises liability lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein at 609-240-0040. We will remain on your side, fight for your rights and make sure that you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve.