Atlantic City Premises Liability Attorney
Companies and private property owners are supposed to keep their lands and buildings safe for guests, customers, employees, and residents. If you were seriously hurt on someone else’s hazardous property, or if one of your loved ones was wrongfully killed in a preventable accident, you and your family may be able to file a lawsuit and win compensation for your suffering, hardships, and losses. Atlantic City premises liability lawyer Joseph Lombardo can help.
Claims Our Premises Liability Lawyers Handle
Joseph Lombardo has more than two decades of experience handling a wide variety of premises liability claims involving wrongful death and serious personal injury, including but not limited to:
- Apartment Complexes
- Grocery Stores
- Parking Lots and Parking Garages
- Shopping Malls
At Lombardo Law, we believe our clients deserve to have their accidents aggressively investigated. A serious injury can devastate your life, and you have a right to explore the legal options that may be available to you. Financial compensation can help to cover medical bills, funeral expenses, lost income, and more.
However, it’s very important that you act fast. A law called the statute of limitations sets a rigid deadline on how long you have to bring a legal claim in the state of New Jersey, and if the statute expires, your case will be unable to proceed and your options will be severely limited. To set up a completely free and private case evaluation, call Lombardo Law today at (609) 445-4300.
Establishing Negligence and Liability for Your Injuries
Building codes and property laws are in place for a reason: to protect people from being injured or killed. When property owners violate these codes, or ignore known or preventable hazards, the result can be harm or death to innocent inhabitants, employees, and passers-by alike. If a property owner knows that a significant risk is or could be present on his or her premises, yet fails to take corrective actions such as fixing a leak or barricading a high-voltage area, that owner could be considered negligent.
Negligence essentially means that a defendant failed to meet the accepted, reasonable level of care that others would provide or expect in the same situation. If it can be established that the owner was negligent or even reckless in the way he or she operated or maintained the property, issues of liability may arise. This means the owner could be deemed responsible for compensating the damages against you.
Slip and Fall Risks and Other Common Property Hazards
Some common examples of property hazards that often lead to major accidents include:
- Broken stairs or railings.
- Dead trees and branches.
- Faulty electric wiring.
- Inadequate lighting which causes a fall hazard.
- Lack of sprinkler systems, smoke alarms, or fire extinguishers.
- Lack of working locks, security cameras, security staff, or safety mirrors in dangerous or vulnerable areas.
- Loose cables or carpeting.
- Malfunctioning escalators or elevators.
- Wet or slippery flooring.
Problems like these can lead to death, assault, sexual assault, serious illness, or permanent disability. In premises liability, the most common type of claim is probably slip and fall, which often occurs when part of the flooring is broken, loose, wobbly, wet, or otherwise defective. Accidental falls are a major medical problem in the United States, particularly among elderly persons aged 65 and older, accounting for more than 95% of all hip fractures. Falls are also the leading cause of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), and led to over two and a half million emergency room visits in 2013 alone.
In addition to TBI, which can have effects ranging from paralysis, to intellectual disability, to incontinence, to chronic pain, slip and fall and other premises liability accidents can also cause:
- Broken backs and other back injuries, including SCI (Spinal Cord Injury). SCI is a major cause of full and partial paralysis.
- Bone fractures, particularly in the wrists as people try and brace for impact.
- Disfigurement or burn injuries caused by fire or exposure to chemicals.
- Dismemberment or limbs being severed. In other cases, a damaged limb may have to be surgically amputated.
- Electrocution or electric shock.
If you or one of your loved ones was hurt in an accident on another person’s property, including businesses and large corporations, you may be able to claim compensation. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation with an experienced Atlantic City premises liability attorney, call Joseph Lombardo at (609) 445-4300 right away.