Parking Lot Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers Haddonfield, NJ
Seasoned Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers Represent Clients Injured in Parking Lot Accidents in Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout South Jersey
Property owners and tenants owe a duty to ensure that the parking lots on those properties are safe for people to traverse. Unfortunately, property owners and tenants often fail to take precautions or undertake maintenance to correct defects and dangerous conditions in their parking lots. As a result, innocent visitors end up injuring themselves in parking lot slip and fall accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in a parking lot slip and fall, you know that such a seemingly minor accident can result in severe injuries.
The award-winning parking lot slip and fall lawyers of Andres & Berger, P.C. are ready to use our years of experience in personal injury law to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We represent clients injured in parking lot slip and fall accidents throughout South Jersey, including Mount Laurel, Collingswood, Cherry Hill, and Haddonfield.
Who Is Responsible for Parking Lot Slip & Fall Accidents?
If you or a loved one suffer a slip and fall in a parking lot, it may not be clear who you and your family can hold responsible for your losses. Our experienced lawyers will investigate the circumstances of your claim to determine which parties may be liable to you for damages, such as:
- Business owners: If you slip and fall in the parking lot of a business, the owner or operator of that business may be responsible for the maintenance of the parking lot.
- Property owners: In some cases, the business may only be a tenant of the property. Depending on the terms of the lease between the business and the property owner, the property owner may have a responsibility to perform maintenance on the parking lot and to keep it reasonably free and clear of hazards.
- Maintenance company: Whether a property occupant or the ultimate owner of the property is responsible for maintenance of the property’s parking lots, they may hire a company to perform such maintenance.
- Public parking lots: If the parking lot is owned by a government or public agency, you may have a limited period of time, even as short as 90 days, to notify the relevant government or public agency of your slip and fall. You may further only be entitled to pursue a claim against a government or public agency if you suffered a substantial injury or if you can show that the government or agency knew of the dangerous condition that caused your slip and fall.
Our attorneys will investigate any relevant deeds, leases, and maintenance contracts to determine who is responsible for the upkeep of the parking lot and thus who is liable to you for your injuries.
How Will the Parking Lot Slip & Fall Lawyers of Andres & Berger Help You?
Owners and occupants of property have a legal duty to keep their premises, including any parking lots, reasonably safe for visitors. The extent of this duty depends on the status of the visitor — a visitor’s status depends on their authorization to be on a property and their purpose for being on the property. The law recognizes three categories of visitors:
- Invitee: An invitee is someone who is permitted to enter another’s property for the benefit of the property owner or occupant. Invitees include customers of retail stores or restaurants. A property owner or occupant owes the highest duty of care to invitees to keep the property safe by repairing any dangerous conditions the owner or occupant knows of or should know of, and to warn any invitees of hidden dangerous conditions
- Licensee: A licensee is someone who is allowed on another person’s property, but typically for the licensee’s own benefit. Licensees typically include social or party guests. A property owner or occupier has a duty to warn licensees of known hazards but does not have a duty to inspect the property to uncover hidden dangerous conditions..
- Trespasser: A trespasser is someone who has no authority to enter another person’s property. A property owner or occupant only owes a duty to not intentionally or recklessly harm a trespasser. Thus, a trespasser likely will not be entitled to recover from a parking lot slip and fall caused by a hazardous condition of the parking lot.
The parking lot slip and fall lawyers of Andres & Berger, P.C. will investigate your claim to determine which category you fall into — we know that in many cases, a person may not neatly fall into one of these three categories. We will vigorously advocate, imposing the highest standard of care possible on the property owner or occupants to ensure that they are financially responsible for your injuries and damages.
Schedule a Consultation with Dedicated Cherry Hill, NJ Parking Lot Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall while walking through a parking lot, contact the dedicated personal injuries of Andres & Berger, P.C. today for a consultation to discuss your case. We’ll advise you what your legal options are, what kind of compensation you may be entitled to, and how we can help you efficiently and quickly pursue your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions About Parking Lot Falls
Because many businesses and commercial establishments rent their buildings (and adjoining parking lots) from someone else, it may be necessary to evaluate the property lease to determine which party is responsible for the maintenance of the parking lot. In addition, if that party has contracted with a maintenance company for upkeep, the terms of that contract may determine the maintenance company’s potential liability.
New Jersey utilizes a doctrine known as comparative fault. Therefore, even if you are partially at fault for your slip and fall, you may still be entitled to recover some compensation. In addition, depending on your status on the property, the property owner or occupier may still have had a duty to warn you of any non-obvious dangerous conditions in the parking lot.