Why You Should Understand Building Codes in a Slip and Fall Incident

August 23, 2017

shutterstock_114456130.jpgIn New Jersey, as in other states, property owners have a duty to keep the property safe for the people who use it. But if you are injured in a slip and fall accident, what does that mean for your right to recover? If you are injured, and the owner's failure to properly maintain the property caused the injury, you have a right to compensation. Your personal injury attorney can help you understand and prepare your slip and fall claim.

Is the Building Up to Code?

New Jersey has established a set of building codes that outline the minimum standards a business has to meet. These cover everything from the electrical systems to the plumbing, from the roof to the floor. And if a business does not maintain its property as required, this serves as clear evidence that it has not fulfilled its duty to you. This creates a strong case for liability, and a right to recover for your injuries and other economic losses.

Sources of Liability

For a business to be liable for your slip and fall, it has to fail to meet a duty to you as someone on the property. Part of this is that the injury has to be a result of its failure. Faulty electrical circuits that do not impact the area where you fall will not help your case. But if those same circuits create lighting problems that keep you from seeing a potential hazard, the business will be liable for resulting injuries.

Next, the business has to either be aware of the problem or be in a position that it should have known. Here again, the property owner has a duty to maintain according to building codes, so any failings in that regard are problems the owner should have known about. Understanding building codes gives you insight into when the owner fails to repair conditions it has a legal duty to know.

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Stern and Stern today. We have the experience and expertise to get you the settlement you deserve.