All property owners n New Jersey have a legal obligation to provide reasonably safe conditions for visitors to and residents of the premises. When an apartment fire occurs, for example, investigators will have to determine what role the property owner or property manager may have played in failing to prevent the fire. Depending on the circumstances, victims of apartment fires may be able to pursue financial compensation for the injuries and losses they have suffered.
There are many questions that investigators must ask following an apartment fire in New Jersey. Was the building constructed using dangerous materials? Is the wiring in the building up to code? Did each apartment have working smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire extinguishers? Were the residents provided information on the fire escape routes in case of an emergency? If the investigation shows that the injuries suffered were connected to a property owner’s negligence, the victims may be able to seek compensation by filing a premises liability claim.
It is common for injured victims to have to file a civil lawsuit to receive fair and full compensation for their injuries and related losses. Negligent property owners may be held responsible for damages including medical bills, time away from work, hospitalization, continued treatments, surgeries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. It is common for property owners to deny responsibility, to fail to have adequate insurance, and to claim that the victim was the one responsible for the fire.
The skilled premises liability lawyers in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold at-fault property owners accountable for the incidents that occur on their properties. Usually, these are incidents that can be prevented. If you have been seriously injured in an accident on a property due to negligence, we will fight hard for your rights and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated. Call us today at 609-240-0040 to find out how we can help you.