If you've been injured, chances are high that any lawsuit you file for damages will be based on a legal theory of negligence-that the person who caused the injury did not act as a reasonable person would, and thereby caused you actual losses. But there are situations where you don't have to show negligence. In these instances, the concept of strict, or absolute, liability may apply.
In New Jersey, as in other states, under what is known as "premises liability," the owner of commercial or residential property has a duty to maintain the premises so as to minimize the risk of injury to anyone legally on the property. Until 2013, the owner of property was only responsible for hazardous conditions on his or her property. A New Jersey Superior Court ruling has changed that, at least with respect to businesses and subcontractors.
It happens more than you think. You go to the grocery store or to a restaurant, or you stop by someone's house. There's a broken step or a slippery floor or sidewalk and you fall. You might break a bone, sprain a knee or wrench your neck. You find that you are in constant pain, that you can't work without hurting, that you can't do the things that bring joy to your life.