Premises Liability Attorneys Chatham, NJ
If you have been injured on property belonging to another person or entity in Chatham, then New Jersey law may give you a right of action for damages pursuant to a premises liability claim. Although most people are familiar with “personal injury” lawsuits — at least vaguely — there are many others who do not fully understand what constitutes a premises liability claim, or how such litigation is meant to proceed.
There are a range of claims that fall under the umbrella category of premises liability in New Jersey. These claims include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Unconfined or unrestrained dogs (leading to a dog bite injury)
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Attractive nuisances
- Vermin exposure
- Unsafe structures (i.e., structure does not meet codes)
- Third-party criminal activity and inadequate security
- And more
Premises liability claims in Chatham, NJ can actually be quite complicated, though they may appear (at first glance) to be “simple” on the surface. Let’s take a quick look at what qualifies as a premises liability claim under New Jersey law.
Chatham Premises Liability Claims Share Certain Basic Elements
All actionable premises liability claims in Chatham generally involve non-obvious, dangerous conditions of property — in other words, latent hazards. A premises liability claim can be broken down into the following elements:
- there was a dangerous condition of property (i.e., it exposed premises entrants to a heightened risk of injury);
- the defendant knew or should have known about the dangerous condition;
- the defendant failed to correct the dangerous condition (or give fair warning about its existence); and
- the plaintiff was injured as a result.
In many cases, the defendant will attempt to avoid liability by claiming that the condition was not actually dangerous, or that they did not know about the presence of the dangerous condition and that they could not have reasonably known about it.
For example, in a slip and fall case involving a spill at a Chatham grocery store, the defendant may argue that their employees did not have sufficient time to inspect the floors to discover the spill. If further investigation reveals that store employees let the spill sit for up to two hours without inspection, then the court will likely find that the defendant “should have known” about its existence, even if they did not actually have such knowledge.
Why Choose Blume Forte for Your Chatham Slip & Fall Accident Case?
Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari was founded in 1929. Since that time, we have represented the interests of numerous injured plaintiffs in a variety of injury litigation, including premises liability cases in Chatham, NJ. Between our four offices (located throughout New Jersey), our attorneys and support staff work together to ensure that your case is evaluated thoroughly and litigated to the extent necessary to secure maximum compensation.
Here at Blume Forte, we are results-oriented. We have an extensive track record of obtaining favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients, with many multimillion dollar successes to show for it. Further, we have been recognized by prestigious legal publications for our contributions to plaintiff’s-side litigation in New Jersey and for our continued excellence.
Contact an Experienced Chatham Premises Liability Lawyer at Blume Forte for Guidance
Injured in an accident that involved a dangerous condition of property in Chatham, NJ? You may be entitled to damages pursuant to New Jersey law.
We encourage you to speak to a qualified attorney early on so that you can ensure that your claims can be properly evaluated and filed before the statute of limitations deadline passes and you lose the ability to file a personal injury claim for damages.
To get connected to an experienced Chatham premises liability attorney at Blume Forte, make sure to call us or submit an online claim form. Consultation is free and confidential, so don’t be shy!
About Chatham, NJ
Chatham is a small borough located in the northeastern part of the state of New Jersey, in Morris County, and just 24 miles west of New York City (and close to Jersey City). Although Chatham has a population of only 8,962, it is a historic borough that was first a place of importance for the Lepane Indian tribe and was later settled by Europeans in 1710. Chatham was finally separated and formally incorporated as a borough in 1892.
Chatham — despite being so small — has been variously recognized as one of the best places to live in America by publications that include CNN, Money Magazine, and Business Insider. Many claim that the “small town feel,” historical vibe, and close proximity to Jersey City and New York City make Chatham a great choice for upper-middle class professionals looking to leave the big city behind for a more comfortable living space and community.
Here at Blume Forte, we operate four offices scattered throughout New Jersey, with our primary office located at One Main Street in Chatham, NJ. If you would like to speak to one of our Chatham premises liability attorneys, call or email today.