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Premises Liability Law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Landowners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have a responsibility to maintain safe conditions on their property, which ensure that guests, customers, and even trespassers are not injured while on the premises. If property owners fail in their responsibility, or fail to provide warning of hazardous conditions, they are liable for any damages to the entrant.  

For instance, if a landowner keeps a dog on the property but fails to place the proper signage, and the dog severely injures a trespasser, then the landowner is liable for all direct injuries and repercussions of the dog bites.  

Dangerous conditions might also lead to the collapse of a porch, fire escape, balcony or staircase. Patrons who are excessively drunk could also be considered a dangerous condition, as are any and all conditions that might lead to an accident. If you sustained injury while on someone else’s property, then consult an experienced attorney immediately.

Proving a Premises Liability Claim

The claimant needs to prove that the landlord of the premises was negligent, and the result of that negligence led to the claimant’s injury. In the determination of liability, the court also looks at the status of the entrant, either as a guest, customer, trespasser, or passerby. In cases where the landowner took action, the court questions whether these actions were reasonable given the circumstances. If the landowner invited a guest or customer on the premises, then the guest is typically entitled to greater care.

Assessing Damages in a Premises Liability Claim

Once we establish that negligence caused your injury, we estimate the greatest extent of damages. These come in a number of forms, from medical bills, to lost wages, to wages lost in the future, emotional distress, as well as mental and physical impairment.  

If you or a family member has been injured on a landowner’s property, call us for a free consultation as soon as possible. We treat our clients with respect, and we will aggressively advocate on your behalf for a favorable settlement – and before the courts if opposing counsel does not meet our terms.

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