What Constitutes a Valid Premises Liability Claim in New Jersey?

If a property owner fails to keep their property safe for others, resulting in an accident, the injured party may have a valid premises liability claim. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Stathis & Leonardis today.

How do premises liability accidents happen in New Jersey?

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their property is safe for all of those who enter it. If there is a dangerous condition on their property that they either knew of or should have known of, and someone gets hurt as a result, they may be held liable. At Stathis & Leonardis, LLC, our firm has the experience necessary to handle a wide range of premises liability accidents including:

  • Parking lot accidents
  • Supermarket accidents
  • Hotel accidents
  • Snow and ice accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Sidewalk accidents

These are just a few of the accidents that Stathis & Leonardis covers. If you have been injured as a result of another’s negligence, contact our firm today.

What steps should I take after a premises liability accident?

If you have been injured in a premises liability accident, it may be possible that you won’t be able to do anything except wait for the police to arrive. However, if you are capable, be sure to take the following steps:

  1. Call 911 and notify the store owner. An ambulance will be dispatched for you. When the police arrive, they will file a police report. Additionally, notifying the property owner, for example, if it were a store owner, they will file a store incident report.
  2. Ask anyone who witnessed the accident for their name, phone number, or email address. This can assist in higher chances of winning the compensation you need.
  3. Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. This includes the dangerous conditions on the property that caused the accident, as well as the injuries that resulted from it.
  4. Seek medical treatment immediately. You want to ensure that your injuries are properly tended to. Ask your doctor to provide medical documentation, including the origin of your injuries and their severity.
  5. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who can gather additional evidence, like video surveillance, to assist your claim.
  6. Make sure you file within the New Jersey statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a deadline that New Jersey provides to ensure that all claims are filed within a reasonable time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the accident. Failure to file within this time period may result in a lost opportunity to fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm to get started on your claim today.

How can I recover damages?

In order to recover damages, the injured person must prove that the property owner was negligent in keeping his or her property safe, which was a direct result of the injuries sustained. If you can prove this, it is likely that you are a viable candidate to receive compensation. At Stathis & Leonardis, damages that we have recovered for our clients in the past have been:

  • Medical expense
  • Rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of independence


Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

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