Do New Jersey First Responders Have the Right to Recover for Premises Liability Injuries if They

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Do New Jersey First Responders Have the Right to Recover for Premises Liability Injuries if They are Injured on the Job?

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Until 2007, New Jersey firefighters and first responders were limited to recovering workers compensation if they were injured responding to an emergency in the course of their work. However, in 2007 the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in Ruiz v. Mero that firefighters could recover both workers comp and personal injury damages if they were hurt due to a property owner’s negligence.

That means that a firefighter, paramedic, police officer or other first responder who is hurt due to the carelessness of a property owner can recover damages for those injuries. Examples of carelessness may include, but are not limited to, broken stairs, inadequate lighting, and undisclosed dangers that could lead to a trip and fall injury.

If you are a first responder who has been hurt not because of the inherent dangers of your job but because of the carelessness of the property owner whose property you are working to save, then please contact the experienced New York and New Jersey property injury lawyers of Hofmann & Schweitzer for a free and confidential consultation.