NJ Appeals Court Holds New Jersey Businesses May Be Liable for Off-Site Injuries
by Donald M. Pepe on January 22, 2013
The Appellate Division recently held that New Jersey businesses could be held liable for injuries that occur on surrounding property, even if it is owned and maintained by another party.
In Nielsen v. Wal-Mart Store #2171, A-2790-11, a pest control worker was injured when he allegedly fell on loose gravel as he walked around the perimeter of the building rather than through it, at the request of Wal-Mart store management. In defending the suit, the defendant store argued that there was no duty owed to the injured worker where the injury occurs in an area that the developer, Nassau Shopping Center Condominium Association, was contractually bound to maintain and repair.
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