Recovering Compensation for New Jersey Condo Accidents
When you move into a condominium, you legally give up your own right to maintain the property on which you live safe and secure. That becomes the duty of the homeowner’s association and the contractor they hire to take care of things. Try to remove debris from the hallway, and you may be violating someone's contract. When someone gets injured in a slip and fall condo accident, the condominium association, or, many times, the contractors they have hired, are responsible for paying the damages.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a condominium, you may find it difficult to recover the compensation you need on your own. Only an experienced attorney can help.
My name is Francis M. Smith, and I have been a personal injury lawyer for over 30 years. If you were injured in a condo accident, I can help you efficiently negotiate a fair settlement that will address all your needs. Call 908-233-5800 or contact my firm online to schedule a free consultation today. I represent injured clients throughout counties such as Sussex County, Union County, Morris County and Hunterdon County.
I Personally Handle Cases Involving Injuries of All Kinds
Most condo accidents involve a "slip and fall" accident of some form or another. These accidents can result in a range of injuries at almost any level of severity – from mild and temporary to permanent and severe.
You will see on my “Results” page two such cases in which I helped clients recover $2.1 million and $800,000 for injuries caused by ice left on the “common elements” of a condominium property. Both clients were residents: one rented, one owned a condo in the complex.
At The Law Office of Francis M. Smith, Esq., I handle injuries of all kinds, including:
Condominium Associations Are Responsible for Keeping Their Premises Safe!
Condominium associations are responsible for keeping all common areas safe and properly maintained. This can include sidewalks, parking lots, stairwells, hallways, elevators and more. In addition, they are also required to keep outside areas clear of dangerous snow and ice.
However, your condominium association may say they have rules against making a claim. Most times it requires a lawyer to find out if these limits are valid, since New Jersey law says when they are. The bylaws have to be studied as well as the mechanism (usually a vote) by which the “rule” was instituted.
Many times an insurance company has instigated this attempted “rule”. Call me and we can discuss how to proceed if you have been told by your condo homeowner’s association—or more likely by its insurance company trying to deny claims—that you cannot claim compensation for your injuries. Usually such a vote must be passed by a two-thirds majority of the association's owners. If this vote didn't take place, then the limits are invalid.
If your life has been affected by injuries resulting from an accident on condo property, call 908-233-5800 or contact my office online today. We can set up a free consultation to discuss your prospects and your options for the future.