Property owners are responsible for the incidents that occur on their premises. When a property has a pool, for example, the owner has a legal obligation to provide reasonably safe conditions around the pool. When a dangerous condition around the pool leads to an injury accident, the property owner may be held liable for the damages suffered. However, the process of filing a premises liability claim in New Jersey may become complicated when the property owner is a friend of the victim or a member of the victim’s family.
No one wants to be put in a situation where they have to sue a friend. Unfortunately, there are cases in which the only way to receive compensation is by holding the negligent property owner accountable for an accident that occurred on their property. Here are some questions to ask immediately after a swimming pool accident. Does the pool have adequate fencing around it? Do the doors that lead to the pool have locks or an alarm? Are there unsafe conditions such as cracked pathways around the pool? Does the pool owner leave toys around the pool that may draw a child near it? The answers to these questions may help determine if the pool owner or homeowner was negligent in any way.
It is important to remember that a settlement from a premises liability claim will come directly from the property owner’s insurance policy. They should not personally suffer financially from a lawsuit. The most a homeowner with adequate insurance may suffer financially is the potential hike in insurance premiums.
The skilled Princeton premises liability lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein handle many different types of injury accidents in New Jersey. If you or a loved has been injured in a swimming pool accident or are looking to file a premises liability claim, call our law offices at 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.