It is the legal responsibility of property owners to maintain their facilities in an adequate and safe manner. You could be eligible for financial compensation if you or a loved one was involved in an accident on the property of a third party.

If you experienced an injury or other damages as the direct result of a third party’s failure to keep you safe, a Palisades Park premises liability lawyer can help you fight for compensation you may be entitled to receive.

Types of Third-Party Property Accidents

When you step onto a piece of property that is not yours, there are many things that can go wrong. You could be injured, suffer from property and financial loss, or worse. Some typical accidents and incidents that can take place on third-party property include:

  • Slips and falls, which could be the result of an improperly maintained facility
  • Physical, emotional, or sexual assault or abuse, possibly due to failure to secure the premises
  • Injuries while using swimming pool or recreational facilities, perhaps due to faulty or improperly regulated equipment
  • Animal attacks, including dog bites (under New Jersey Revised Statute § 4:19-16, the owner has strict liability for any resulting injuries)
  • Vehicle accidents

If you are the victim of an injury or accident on property you do not own, determining liability is at the core of figuring out who is responsible for your losses. New Jersey has many laws and regulations requiring property owners to maintain their facilities in a safe manner. A Palisades Park premises liability lawyer can help you determine if you might be eligible for compensation.

Common Injuries and Damages

There are several types of injuries and financial losses that can occur on a third-party property. You could experience any of the following:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Assault or battery
  • Theft or damage to personal property
  • Anxiety or mental issues because of a traumatic incident
  • Food poisoning
  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Brain injury
  • Wrongful death

If you or a loved one experienced any of these injuries or conditions, or you suffered any other form of loss while on the property of another person or entity, you could be able to collect financial compensation after filing a claim.


Whether it is a landlord, hotel or restaurant owner, or commercial real estate company, property owners are required to maintain their premises in an appropriate manner. If an accident could have been reasonably prevented and a responsible party failed to act, this could be considered negligence.

Here are two examples where a property owner or manager potentially failed in their responsibility to take action:

  • If a guardrail is broken and someone falls as a direct result, the owner could be held liable in court.
  • If there is snow or ice on a walkway and someone fails to safely remove this hazard, a guest on the premises could slip and injure themselves.

Negligence is a major problem and can lead to events that ruin the life of a victim. If you were the victim of an accident involving negligence while on someone else’s property, you can consider taking legal action. Call Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. today at (201) 585-9111 to learn more about your legal options from a team member.

Potentially Recoverable Compensation

In some situations, compensation is available for victims of incidents occurring on the property of a third party. This could include reimbursement for medical expenses. Depending on the severity of injury, sometimes ongoing treatment or therapy is necessary. Medical reimbursement can also include future treatment for injuries incurred on a property.

Many times, victims of crimes on someone else’s premises experience property damage or complete loss. For example, if your purse or wallet was stolen because a facility failed to provide adequate security, a court can award victims compensation to pay for losses due to crimes of this nature.

Another form of compensation that could be available to you is punitive damages. These are awarded to punish property owners who have engaged in illegal or egregious conduct that led to a damaging incident. Punitive damages are intended to prevent future events of a similar nature from occurring.

There are several factors that will determine your eligibility for compensation. Courts may consider the reasons you were on the property when the accident or incident occurred. Premises liability law distinguishes between a paid guest at a hotel and someone trespassing.

Understanding the complexities of liability and legal claims can be confusing, but the Palisades Park premises liability lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. can answer your questions and bring clarity during this time of need.

You have a limited amount of time to act under New Jersey Revised Statute § 2a:14-2. So the sooner you act, the sooner you can get started in your pursuit of the compensation you may be eligible to receive.

Client Success Story

I wanted to make sure that you were aware of my extreme gratitude to Chris DiGirolamo, and his law firm, for the work done on my behalf.

As a 33 year licensed motorcyclist in the state of NJ, I have seen a lot of friends/family go through the process of a personal injury suit, and many times the outcome is less than favorable.  Let’s face it, there is a lot of bias against bikers out there…  So when it was my turn to experience the process first hand, I didn’t hold a lot of hope that I would recover any of what I lost.

Chris DiGirolamo not only got me enough of a settlement to recover what was lost, he got the max available, allowing me to have a little piece of mind for the future as well.

He was patient when I sent endless emails full of questions and kind and understanding with regard to my case.  I will ALWAYS refer my friends to this firm, and use them again myself, if the situation ever arises…

Thank you again for all your hard work!

- Jennifer Bounassi

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Choosing Michael Maggiano and his firm was the best decision my husband and I made at a most horrific time in our lives. Multiple doctors, with whom we had trusting relationships, were confidently telling me that nothing was wrong when, in fact, that was not the case; allowing a cancer to grow over several years to an advanced stage.

Michael Maggiano and his incredible colleagues took our case, even though extremely complex. They patiently answered our endless questions, diligently pursued every aspect of our case, handled our anxieties; especially during trial preparation and settlement discussions. Due to their experience and skill, the final outcome was a sizable settlement.

We hope that this message helps you make the right decision during what is probably a difficult and trying time by speaking with Mike Maggiano. 

- Anonymous

Client Success Story

We hired Chris DiGirolamo as our attorney after Mike suffered a life changing injury at work. From the time we met Chris we felt we can trust him to work in the best interest for Mike’s needs. Chris is very down to earth and we felt comfortable whenever we met with him. He spoke to us so we always understood what was going on. He never threw around legal jargon that we would not be able to understand. He was always willing to ensure we knew exactly how our case was proceeding. Chris showed humanity in dealing with Mike’s Injuries and understanding of Mike’s unwillingness to accept some of the changes in his life.

Chris’s high level of energy and desire to bring a case to the best possible results were evident from day one. Our case was settled but of court with the help of a mediator and Chris was by our side explaining what was going on every step of the way. His preparation throughout the case was evident as he spoke before the mediator. It was a pleasure to watch. Chris at work and know he was working for us. He is tough and stubborn when necessary. We were also impressed by the respect shown to Chris by the retired judge we worked with as well as other lawyers. Chris was only happy with this case when he knew we had a settlement that we were very impressed with.

- Michael and Donna Secol

Contact a Palisades Park Premises Liability Lawyer Today

Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. has dealt with all aspects of premises liability law in previous cases. If you suffered an injury, illness, or financial loss on someone else’s property, the team at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. can help you understand your legal options and fight to recover compensation.

While not every case is the same, in many situations, victims are eligible for financial compensation. Call (201) 585-9111 today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with a team member.