Experienced Attorneys Fight for Victims of Injuries Caused by Inadequate Lighting on Premises in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Everyone generally understands that when they venture out into the world, they accept a certain amount of risk of personal injury. However, when your injury is caused by another person’s negligence, you should not be the one who has to pay the subsequent medical bills and cover lost wages for time missed from work while you recover from your injuries.
NJ premises liability law exists so that injured consumers, like you, do not have to suffer simply because a negligent property owner cut corners when it came to lighting all areas of their store just to save a few bucks. Whether you suffered a personal injury while visiting a shopping mall, grocery store, retail store, gas station or parking garage, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to your injuries.
The personal injury lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi have secured more than $400 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients in Middlesex, Ocean and Monmouth counties, as well as the rest of New Jersey, including Old Bridge, New Brunswick, Piscataway and South Brunswick. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries as a result of inadequate lighting on a commercial property, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Serious Injuries Result from Insufficient Lighting on New Jersey Properties
Although most premises liability claims stem from slip and fall accidents, poor lighting can make serious accidents more likely to occur. Two of the most common outcomes of inadequate lighting that may give rise to a premises liability lawsuit are:
Slip & Fall Accidents: Slip & fall and trip and fall injuries are more likely to occur in areas that lack sufficient lighting. If it’s too dark to see where you are going, you might not be able to avoid a crack in the sidewalk, a tear in the carpet, a wet spot on the floor or a pothole in the parking lot. One wrong step in the dark could cause significant long-term damage and negatively affect your quality of life going forward.
Assaults: There is a reason that people avoid walking into dark alleys. Insufficiently lit areas are prime spots for violent assaults, robberies, and muggings because criminals know they probably won’t be seen by witnesses or captured by video surveillance. Inadequate lighting goes hand in hand with inadequate security because both are forms of negligence that leave customers vulnerable to criminals.
There are a number of serious injuries that could result from a slip and fall, trip & fall or assault brought about by poor lighting. For example, you may sustain broken bones, muscle strains, neck injuries or psychological trauma in the case of a violent or sexual assault. In the most tragic cases, such as a slip & fall in a dark stairwell or a violent assault in a poorly lit parking lot, the victim could suffer catastrophic injuries that result in traumatic brain damage, spinal cord damage or even wrongful death.
NJ Property Owners May Be Liable for Damages When Inadequate Lighting Causes a Slip & Fall Accident
Generally speaking, commercial property owners owe the highest possible duty of care to customers, who are considered “business invitees” when they set foot on the premises. Whether you suffered a slip and fall or trip and fall accident while walking along a poorly lit sidewalk, or were violently attacked as soon as you entered a dark parking lot, the property owner may be held responsible for your injuries.
Under New Jersey premises liability law, owners of commercial properties, such as supermarkets, shopping malls or other retail stores, must take reasonable measures to fix faulty or defective lighting that makes it difficult for customers to see where they are going or that invites criminals to commit violent assaults or attacks. If a particular area is temporarily dark while repairs are being made, the property owner is legally required to post warning signs so that consumers are aware of the heightened risk of a serious accident.
Contact Skilled Premises Liability Lawyers Who Help Victims of Inadequate Lighting in Edison, Freehold and Brick, New Jersey
The experienced premises liability attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., will investigate your accident and help you seek compensation from all of the individuals responsible for your injuries. Call us day or night to discuss your case over the phone or schedule a free consultation at our Edison, Freehold or Brick, NJ offices.