Injured By A Dangerous Condition On Private Property? Let Us Help You Seek Compensation.
Property owners have a responsibility to those who come onto their property. When property owners fail to maintain a safe environment and an injury occurs, the law holds them responsible for the harm they have caused. Premises liability can take many forms. Injuries caused by faulty stairways, spilled liquids and a range of other possibilities all fall under the category of premises liability.
At Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, our attorneys provide skilled representation that is supported by more than 50 years of combined legal experience. We know that for many who have been injured, securing full compensation is the key to facing such issues as medical bills and lost wages. We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the compensation they deserve so that they can move forward with their lives again.
How Were You Injured?
We offer our skill and experience to those who have suffered an injury related to:
- Badly maintained property and equipment
- Failing to take proper security measures, such as not having security guards, leaving apartment buildings unlocked or not installing fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Slip-and-fall accidents from wet floors, potholes, unrepaired cracks and other dangers
- Homeowner liability when injured while invited to another’s home
- Insufficient training
- Swimming pool and diving injuries, particularly when the injury occurs to a child
- Elevator and escalator injuries
Even if your injury scenario isn’t listed above, please contact us nonetheless. Chances are good that we can help you.
What Do You Need To Prove Negligence In A Premises Liability Case?
The first element to establish is that the property owner owed you a duty of care. If you were on the property legally, this is usually easy to establish.
In order to be successful, you must generally show that the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on their property, that they had time and opportunity to address it, and that they failed to do so. You must also show that your injuries were caused by the dangerous condition and that you suffered damages as a result (medical bills, lost wages, etc.).
I’ve been injured on someone else’s property. What’s next?
If you have been hurt in a premises liability accident, you will likely have many questions about what your next steps should be. One of the first things you should do is to contact a lawyer about what happened as soon as possible. While our attorneys at Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, in East Orange are well-versed in premises liability cases, there are several other things you can do on your own that can be beneficial to your case, and to you personally, in the long run.
Seek medical attention – In general, the sooner you can be evaluated by a doctor, the better chance you will have at treating your injury and recovering. If your case is successful, you can receive compensation for your medical bills.
Take pictures – Having physical evidence of what led to your accident is important. Torn carpeting, icy parking lots, broken handrails and other physical hazards might be fixed or gone entirely if you visit the site later. You should also photograph your injuries such as cuts, bruises or other wounds you suffer.
Interview witnesses – If someone saw your accident happen, talk to him or her. At least get his or her name and contact information so that your lawyer can speak to him or her at a later time. He or she might also know if the premises liability issue had existed for some time already, and if the responsible parties such as the building owners knew about the problem. Someone might have been hurt in the same fashion earlier.
Don’t give a statement – You might be pressured to sign documents or go on the record about what happened. Do not do this without speaking to your attorney first.
How Much Time Do You Have To File A Premises Liability Claim?
For injuries on most private property, the statute of limitations in New Jersey is generally two years from the date of the injury. If you were hurt on government-owned property, however, you may face much shorter deadlines and more stringent notice requirements. In either case, it is to your benefit to consult with an attorney as soon as reasonably possible.
Get A Free Case Evaluation From A Knowledgeable Attorney
If you have suffered a serious injury due to unsafe or improperly maintained public or private property, you need to take steps to ensure that your rights are fully protected. The attorneys of Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP, offer real help and real hope to our clients. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call 973-675-8277 or contact us online.
We represent injured clients on a contingent fee basis. We collect attorney’s fees only if we obtain compensation for you. We can speak English, Spanish and French Creole.