All property and business owners in New Jersey are required to provide a level of safety to their visitors. When someone who is lawfully on the property suffers injuries and the owner of the property or business knows or should have known that an unsafe condition existed on the property, a premises liability claim may arise.
myCentralJersey.com reports that a North Plainfield woman has recently settled the civil lawsuit she filed against a Highland Park Dunkin’ Donuts for $522,000. According to the lawsuit filed in Middlesex County Superior Court, the woman purchased several cups of coffee from the restaurant on Raritan Avenue around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2015. She was walking back to her car in the restaurant’s parking lot when she tripped over an exposed spike from a dislodged curb stop.
The woman suffered burns after spilling hot coffee on her face and neck, and also sustained cuts to her right hand and knee. The suit, which was scheduled to go to trial this month, was filed against the owners of the property and the operators of the Raritan Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.
These types of incidents can occur virtually anywhere in New Jersey. Any person can be seriously injured from falling on someone else’s property due to defective stairways, broken sidewalks, mopped floors, unnatural accumulation of ice and snow, spills on the floor, loose handrails, poorly-lit passageways, uneven stairs or any other types of unmarked hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents.
New Jersey laws provide legal recourse to people injured due to dangerous conditions on any establishment or business. The person in control of the property has a duty to exercise care in keeping the property in a safe condition. If someone is harmed as a result of negligent maintenance, the person in control of the property can be held liable for the injuries.
Often, it can be difficult to prevail in premises liability claims because it’s not enough for someone to be injured in a slip-and-fall accident to have a claim. There can be liability if the property or business owner had actual notice or should have known of the dangerous condition and failed to act to fix it. Speaking with a New Jersey personal injury attorney can help slip-and-fall accident victims be informed of their rights.