The winter months are approaching which means that sidewalks and roads may become covered with snow and ice. Premises liability for both residential and commercial properties comes into question whenever an individual is injured while on the property of another. Landlords of both residential and commercial properties as well as residential homeowners, have a responsibility to take reasonable steps to ensure that their property is safe from dangerous conditions
For an owner of the property to be liable that owner or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition, known of the dangerous condition and failed to correct it, or should have known a dangerous condition was present.
A Monmouth County woman, who was injured after falling in an icy parking lot, recently agreed to a $2 million settlement with a property owner. The injured party fell on an icy patch in the parking lot of her Asbury Park apartment complex not once, but twice. On the night before the weather had provided a dusting of snow which turned into patches of ice. The injured party claimed that there had been no salt or sand spread on the ice nor did the apartment complex have a procedure put in place to handle this type of weather.
The injured party underwent, among other medical things, cervical fusion surgery with plates and screws and had multiple injections to alleviate her pain.
Some slip and falls are more severe than others. Some injuries can be a simple bruise while others may necessitate serious surgical operations. Slip and falls are common and an injured person should speak to an attorney to discuss what legal rights, if any, they may have.
Gale & Laughlin has successfully litigated and settled many slip and fall cases on behalf of our clients. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.