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Premises Liability Archives

Ankle injuries sometimes require long recovery times

An uneven sidewalk, broken step or slippery surface could cause a New Jersey resident to trip and fall. Tripping accidents often involve injuries to the ankle. Three bones, the tibia, fibula and talus, meet at this joint that is supported by ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Damage to any of these body parts could result in a long recovery time of weeks or months depending on the extent of the injury.

Dogs attack children on way to school bus stop, lessons for those in NJ

A tragic case out of Georgia is bringing attention to the catastrophic results that can occur when a dog attacks. The case involves the owner of two dogs, one pit-bull mix the other a border collie, that attacked a group of children headed to the bus stop. The children came to each other's aid, attempting to fight off the dogs as their friends were attacked.

Homeowners insurance and premises liability in New Jersey

Each year, 10 million people visit the emergency room because of injuries suffered on their or someone else's residential property. This results in about 6 million insurance claims seeking compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other damages. The most common types of injuries suffered by household guests include slips and falls, dog attacks and electrical burns. Drug overdoses are another common cause of injury among house guests.

Proactive action could prevent premises liability lawsuits

Business owners in New Jersey and around the country usually purchase general liability insurance coverage to reduce their exposure to premises liability lawsuits, but they should also put procedures and policies place to reduce their chances of being sued and protect vendors, customers and others who visit their establishments. This type of legal action is generally filed against the tenants rather than the owners of commercial properties as most factory, warehouse, office or retail store leases include provisions stating that maintenance and safety are the occupier's responsibility.

The cost of dog bites is on the rise

There are many New Jersey residents who own dogs that can quickly turn aggressive. What they may not know is that if that dog bites someone, the owner can be held responsible. Even if the have insurance that covers animal bites, they may find that their insurance premiums could go up.

Use of circumstantial evidence in personal liability cases

As New Jersey residents may know, establishing negligence is an intricate part of a personal injury lawsuit. Generally, the causal relationship between the injury and another person's negligence must be established showing how he or she deviated from an expected duty of care and caused the injury. Proof might be difficult in some circumstances, and a doctrine called res ipsa loquitur may be used instead.

When are property owners liable for accidents on their premises?

It's a story that's been told too many times: A patron is shopping at a grocery store and suffers a serious back injury after slipping on an unmarked patch of water. In another scenario, a person is visiting a private home and is injured after stumbling down crumbling cement steps.

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