The Cherry Hill Public Works Department requires property owners to remove snow within 48 hours of daylight following a snowfall. The department states that children need cleared sidewalks to walk to school and bus stops, but property owners do not just owe a duty of care to children; they owe a duty of care to anyone who walks on their sidewalks and the duty of care does not stop there. Premises liability cases extend to dangerous conditions at people’s homes, places of business, and public property that should be discovered and remediated for the safety of property guests.
Common premises liability cases
Our Cherry Hill premises liability attorneys list common premises liability cases below.
- Dog bites – New Jersey has strict liability laws for people who are bitten by dogs while on their own property, public property, or legally on someone else’s property. Even if a person is illegally on someone else’s property, recovery may still be permitted in some cases. For example, if a child is trespassing on someone’s property and is attacked by a dog or if the dog has prior bites or dangerous propensities, recovery may be available.
- Slips or trips and falls – These accidents can be caused by dangerous conditions at someone’s house, place of business, or public property. Poorly maintained roads and walkways can cause injuries when snow and ice are not properly removed or when potholes and cracked pavement are not repaired. Slippery floors in places of business related to spills or water and ice tracked in from outside are dangerous property conditions. Obstructions and poor maintenance in walkways and stairs are also a common cause of falls.
- Swimming pool accidents – Owners and managers of pools have a duty to keep their pools secure from trespassing children who do not have the capacity to appreciate the dangers of swimming pools. They also have a duty to keep their pools well maintained and safe from dangerous conditions for guests.
- Fires – Fires that start due to someone’s negligence such as leaving matches out for children to play with or failing to have working smoke detectors can be liability issues.
- Negligent security – Negligent security claims usually relate to dark parking lots at places of business where someone is mugged or attacked. Banks and other businesses that have had security trouble owe a duty to take safety precautions for their patrons such as good lighting, security cameras, and sometimes even security guards.
Premises liability defenses
Above are just some of the common premises liability cases that we see in our offices, but these cases can occur in countless different scenarios. Defenses to premises liability cases may include the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed to his or her injuries, the plaintiff was warned about the dangerous conditions, the defendant did not know about and had no reason to know about the dangerous condition, or the defendant did not owe the plaintiff a duty of care.
If you have sustained injuries on someone else’s property, contact our Cherry Hill premises liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to discuss the facts of your case. If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you deserve to be compensated.