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Morristown New Jersey Premises Liability Attorneys 

Morristown premises liability attorneys represent individuals injured due to the negligence of a property owner

At the Leonard Legal Group, our Morristown premises liability attorneys have the knowledge and skill you need if you’ve been injured on someone else’s New Jersey property. Since 1996, we have successfully represented injured victims, always seeking maximum compensation. In New Jersey, the highest duty of care owned by a landowner is to the invitee, or the person invited to the property, be they a business visitor or by public invitation. Care must be taken by the property owner when individuals are on the premises. If you have slipped, tripped or fallen victim to an accident caused by the negligence of a property owner, we help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our injury attorneys are well-known and highly respected. Attorney Scott Leonard is Board Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a designation achieved by less than 2 percent of New Jersey attorneys.

What is premises liability?

In New Jersey, four requirements must be met before a victim can pursue a claim for negligence against a property owner. First, the owner must have had a duty to conform to a specific standard of conduct for keeping the premises in a certain condition. Second, the owner must be in breach of that duty. Third, the breach was an actual and proximate cause of your injury, and finally, that you were, in fact, injured or suffered injuries as a result. The most common premises liability accidents include:

  • Slip and fall – Falls can happen as the result of snow and ice, spills, foreign substances, and other items negligently left on floors or walkways.
  • Trip and fall – Accidents resulting from items being left on the ground that, while in place, cause a foreseeable risk of injury to invitees to the premises, with injury resulting. Also, broken or deteriorated  sidewalk or parking lot conditions.
  • Playground Accidents – Incidents where the invitee, usually a minor, is not protected from harm due to poor or negligently maintained equipment, or poorly constructed equipment, or fail to offer surfaces created to minimize risk and damages to those exposed to it.
  • Swimming Pool Accidents – Incidents where proper signage or other preventive measures would have prevented injuries to the invitee. Injuries can be serious including back, neck, and spine damage, or drowning.
  • Dog Bites – If a property owner knows of a threat or threats from dogs or other animals on their property and yet negligently fails to properly warn, cage, or otherwise keep the invitee safe from bites or other harm, the property owner may be held liable.
  • Exposure to dangerous or toxic conditions – Property owners have a duty to warn invitees of possible harm or risk of exposure to toxic chemicals or other dangerous conditions inherent to the premises
  • Malfunctioning elevators or escalators – A property owner’s failure to properly maintain an elevator or escalator can lead to an unreasonable risk of harm to invitees, resulting in injury.
  • Broken stairs or walkways – Failure to properly maintain staircases, stairwells, walkways, and all parts thereof can lead to an unreasonable risk of harm to the invitee.

If you have been injured by the action or inaction of a property owner who fails to properly repair, correct, or warn against a danger on their premises, you need reliable legal guidance on your side. With more than 20 years of experience helping injured victims, our Morristown New Jersey premises liability lawyers stand firmly by your side.

Common issues in premises liability cases:  time, comparative negligence, and actual status of the victim

Under New Jersey law, individuals invited to a property are owed the highest duty of care and safety by the property owner. If you are a trespasser, their obligation is different. It is very important to report your claim as soon as possible, and contact one of our skilled injury attorneys right away. Time is a factor when dealing with spills, dangerous conditions, or pre-existing problems, and many times the property owner will quickly remove, cover up or repair the problem. If you are injured on someone else’s property, take photos of the scene and of your injuries right after the accident, to preserve evidence. Our premises liability lawyers thoroughly investigate all aspects of your case and uncover evidence to support your claim.

If you have been injured on someone else’s property, contact our experienced Morristown premises liability attorneys today

If you have been harmed due to the negligent actions of a  property owner, you have rights that need to be protected. Contact leading New Jersey premises liability attorneys at Leonard Legal Group at (973) 984-1414, or online for a free consultation. We help accident victims in Morristown and throughout New Jersey obtain the compensation they deserve.