Monmouth County Sidewalk Fall Attorney
A fall on a sidewalk can cause significant injuries in some circumstances. Sidewalk falls happen throughout New Jersey including in Monmouth County. If you or someone you know has been injured by a fall on a sidewalk, call our Monmouth County sidewalk fall attorneys as soon as possible. Our Monmouth County slip and fall attorneys are here to help.
The party that is responsible for a sidewalk fall will often times depend on where the sidewalk is located and what is adjacent to the sidewalk. In some circumstances, the state of New Jersey and or the county or city where the sidewalk is located may be responsible for a sidewalk fall. If this is the case, the injured individual will have to comply with the New Jersey tort claims act. The act includes very specific and timely notice requirements including putting the government entity on notice within 90 days of the accident.
If the sidewalk fall occurs on a sidewalk that is adjacent to a commercial property or commercial establishment, the commercial establishment or commercial property owner may be responsible for the sidewalk fall. In New Jersey, a commercial property owner has a duty to maintain the sidewalks that are adjacent to their establishment. Though many individuals may mistakenly believe that all sidewalks are maintained by the city, county or state, when a commercial property is adjacent to the sidewalk the commercial property owner must maintain the sidewalk. This means that the commercial property owner must not only fix any known defects in the sidewalk, they must also inspect the premises to make sure that dangerous conditions do not presently exist. If the commercial property owner either fails to inspect the adjacent sidewalks and or fails to fix any known defects in the sidewalk, the commercial property owner may be responsible for any injuries which are caused by the defects.
Under New Jersey law, residential homeowners ordinarily do not have a duty to inspect and or fix sidewalks that are adjacent to their homes. Therefore, they are not ordinarily responsible for sidewalk falls that occur outside their homes. However, if a homeowner causes a sidewalk defect by a specific action they take, and as a result of that defect an individual is injured, the homeowner can be responsible for the injuries that result.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a sidewalk fall, call our Monmouth County sidewalk fall attorneys. Our lawyers represent individuals who have been injured in a sidewalk accident in all Monmouth County towns. Our attorneys have successfully handled sidewalk accident cases. Call us today. We can help.