What is premises liability?

on January 14, 2014 by George Panagiotopoulos

SFTH 05When you trip or slip and fall, you probably assume that you were just being clumsy. However, in many cases, your accident was caused by the property owner failing to properly maintain the premises. The law requires all property owners to take action to avoid exposing other individuals to unreasonable risk of harm or danger. Failure to do so can result in the property owner being held responsible for your injuries.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls are second only to motor vehicle accidents as a cause of fatalities. A fall can hurt any part of your body, including:

  • All parts of your leg such as hips, knees and ankles can be sprained or broken in a fall
  • When you try to catch yourself from falling, you can injure any part of your arm, including your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hand and fingers
  • If your head strikes the floor in the fall, you may suffer head trauma, a neck fracture, spinal cord injuries and brain damage
  • If you fall from a significant height, you may suffer injuries to your internal organs

If you believe your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, a premises liability lawyer can help you discover the responsible party. There are several parties that may be potentially responsible for your slip and fall accident, including:

  • The property owner
  • Tenants
  • Management company or building manager
  • Contractor responsible for maintaining the premises
  • Government entity such as the state or municipality obligated to maintain the property
  • Condominium association
  • Third parties who created or otherwise contributed to the injury

When you are involved in an accident on another party’s property, it is important to seek legal advice and guidance from skilled premises liability lawyers. Call Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt, P.A. to schedule your free initial consultation.

When another party’s negligence has caused an injury to you, it is important to understand your legal options. Whether you have been in an auto accident, slip and fall, hurt by a product, or other type of accident, Slater, Tenaglia, Fritz & Hunt can help. For your convenience, we have office locations in New Jersey and New York. To schedule your appointment and free consultation, call us at (201) 820-6001 in New Jersey or (212) 692-0200 in New York. We can also be found on the Internet, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Youtube. And remember, we handle all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay our fees unless we recover for you. Like us on Facebook.