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Staying safe in a building

New Jersey residents generally don't walk into a building expecting to get hurt. However, there are a number of dangers that may be present once inside. For instance, it may be possible to slip on a wet floor or run into something because there wasn't enough light to see. Injuries may also be the result of a falling object or because a premises had insufficient or negligent security.

When determining who may be liable for an injury, it is important to know if a person was allowed to be on the property or not. Generally speaking, the owner of a property has a higher duty of care to an invitee or a licensee as opposed to a trespasser. However, property owners generally have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent dangerous conditions from being present.

This may be especially true if the trespasser was a child. Adults who enter a building for any reason must also take reasonable steps to keep themselves from getting hurt. If an individual is hurt, he or she is advised to take photos and file a report. Reports may be filed either with the police or with the owner of the premises. An injured person may also be wise to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

If a person is injured in a fall or for any other reason while in or near a building, he or she may be entitled to compensation. An attorney may review video footage, safety logs or other evidence to determine if negligence took place. If it did, a building owner and other parties may be liable for damages a victim incurs. It may be possible to seek reimbursement for lost wages as well as medical expenses.

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