What If I Trip and Fall on Commercial Property in New Jersey?
The owner of a commercial establishment has a responsibility to his customers to make sure that premises is safe, so that a customer doesn’t get injured as a result of a negligent or dangerous condition. Now, that obligation extends not only to the pavement, on the sidewalk, in front of his premises, but to whatever is going on inside the premises. It can be a defect in the stairwell, or it can be a slippery floor. But he has to have knowledge of this condition before the injury occurred. And that doesn’t mean he had actual knowledge of the condition. For example, if the condition was caused by him or an employee, that’s all the notice he has to have. Or if the condition existed for such a period of time, that any reasonable person would have noticed it, he can still be held responsible.