In life, accidents happen. When they do, they can be jarring experiences for all involved and a host of questions invariably arise: Who is liable? Who pays for pain and suffering? Who pays the hospital bills?
In New Jersey, landlords are required to keep their premises free of hazards so that visitors are kept safe. Under the law, a landlord must take the necessary steps to uncover and remove harmful or unsafe conditions, or provide adequate warnings to the public. A premises liability lawsuit may hold property owners responsible for any damages arising from injuries incurred on their property.
Many victims of premises liability accidents assume that the business or property owner’s obligation to compensate them is automatic but this can be far from the truth. At Weiner Law Group, our experienced attorneys stand ready to mount a solid defense to claims. We are well equipped to represent the interests of property owners and are committed to minimizing risk and maximizing favorable outcomes.
Common situations that may give rise to premises liability lawsuits in New Jersey include slip and fall cases, accidents related to weather conditions, inadequate maintenance of the premises, elevator/escalator accidents, dog bites, and swimming pool accidents, among others. New Jersey is home to multiple amusement parks, water parks and casinos that can be particularly susceptible to any number of accidents.
For every claim, there is a defense strategy that can be employed to represent property owners and protect their businesses. Common premises liability defense strategies may include:
- Comparative negligence. Makes the case that the individual was partially at fault in causing his or her injuries and is therefore entitled to a lesser settlement as a result.
- Pre-existing injuries. In general, the victim in a personal injury case isn’t entitled to receive payment for injuries and conditions that are unrelated to the accident. But they may be entitled to compensation for pre-existing conditions to the degree that the accident made them worse.
- Discounting the seriousness of the injuries. Strains and tears to muscles, tendons, or ligaments and other soft tissue injuries are often associated with accidents. In many instances, the injuries sustained were not as serious or limiting as the victim claims.
Weiner Law Group: Experts at Premises Liability Defense
The experienced team at Weiner Law Group is committed to offering the highest caliber defense litigation and will manage your case from inception through trial. Contact us or call us at 866-899-1138 for the expert legal counsel you need.