You might think it'll never happen to you. You might think you're healthy enough to prevent an injury if you slip and fall. However, numerous workers and property visitors -- whether they're young, old, healthy or out of shape -- die in slip-and-fall accidents every year.
Every New Jersey business has a duty to prevent slips, trips and falls on its property. Potentially liable parties following such an accident at a business could include the business owners, property owners and property managers of the premises. Fortunately, there are certain things that these parties can do to prevent injurious accidents.
In premises liability law -- when it comes to a slip-and-fall accident -- there are four categories of accident victims. Accident victims may be categorized as invitees, social guests, licensees or trespassers. Here's what these terms mean:
New Jersey is a "strict liability" state when it comes to dog bites. In other words, if someone's dog bites you, he or she is financially liable for the injuries that result. It doesn't matter if the dog owner knew or didn't know the animal was likely to bite you.