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Duty of care business owners owed to their customers

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2022 | Personal Injury

Many business owners in New Jersey rely on customers to be successful and earn income. These customers go to the various businesses to buy products that they both need and want. Usually their focus is on what they are trying to purchase though. They have an expectation that the business’ property will be safe and they do not necessarily watch their every step while they are shopping.

Business owners have a duty to keep their property free from hazardous conditions which could be dangerous to customers. If they do not keep the property safe and customers are injured as a result, they may be required to compensate the victims for the damages they suffer as a result of the accident.

When business owners are liable for slip and fall accidents

Business owners are not liable for every accident and injury that customers suffer on their property though. For the most part they are only liable for the injuries if they or their employees had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and either failed to correct the condition or at least warn the customers of it.

Actual knowledge means that the business owner knew the condition was there for a period of time long enough for them to correct the problem. This includes if the business owner or an employee created the dangerous condition. Constructive knowledge means that the dangerous condition existed for a long enough period of time that the business owner or its employees should have known about it with reasonable diligence.

Many people are injured in slip and fall type accidents in New Jersey. The victims of the accidents can suffer significant injuries, which can require medical treatment and be very costly. They also may miss time at work and lose income as well. The business owner may need to compensate the victim for these damages they suffer, which can be very valuable as they recover from their injuries. Experienced attorneys understand when business owners may be liable and may be a helpful resource.