If you’re thinking about hiring some help to rake leaves, shovel snow, or hang your Christmas lights, you may wonder about your liability as a property owner. Do you know what your responsibility is if someone is injured while working on your property?
With wintery weather and the holidays upon us, the news is full of anxiety-inducing stories about the perils of holiday shopping. From fender benders in parking lots to carjackings, assaults, fights, and even stampedes, holiday shopping can be dangerous! Struggling through winter weather with packages can also lead to slips, trips, and falls in parking lots and walkways. If you’re injured on commercial property—like a shopping mall or other retail establishment—you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries.
If you are pursuing claims in the New Jersey courts for personal injuries you’ve suffered as a result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior, you must be careful to control your presence on social media. Social media allows you to connect and interact with friends, express your creativity and feelings, solve problems, and find resources—all things you may need even more when you’re recovering from injuries.
Topics: Personal Injury
As counterintuitive as it might seem, New Jersey law does not treat drinking and riding a bicycle as a DUI offense. NJ Rev Stat § 39:4-50 (2016) defines DWI and DUI offenses as being limited to persons who operate a motor vehicle.
June is National Safety Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 is injury.1 Distracted driving, slipping and falling, and the misuse of prescription drugs all contribute to injuries that ultimately lead to fatality. The main cause of disability for all Americans can also be attributed to injury. The truth is many of these injuries can be prevented; using common sense and following some basic safety tips can keep you from becoming disabled or even dying due to injury.
Safety Tips for Distracted Driving
- Put down the phone.2 Incidentally, earphones and headphones can be just as dangerous as physically picking up your cell phone. If you don't have a hands-free set-up in your car, put your phone in the glove compartment if you have to in order to resist temptation.
- Put your makeup on and comb your hair either at home or when you arrive at your destination, not while driving.
- Eat at the restaurant. If you don't have time for that, wait until you arrive at your destination to eat.
- It's never okay to watch a video when driving. Adjusting your music volume, playlist, or radio station can also be a deadly distraction.
- Avoid heated or overly lively debates with your passengers.
- Set your navigation device before you take off, and don't try to read a map while driving.
Topics: Personal Injury
These days, many people are making lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellness. Some are eliminating soft drinks from their diets, some are running marathons, and others are trading their car keys for bicycles. As commuting to and from work on a bicycle is becoming increasingly popular, it's important to remember the laws regarding the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists in New Jersey.
Topics: Personal Injury
Most personal injury lawsuits are filed against people who are at least 18 years old and considered adults. But what happens if your child is intentionally injured by another? Can you sue a kid?
Airlines can bump you from a flight in some cases, but they have to follow rules set by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). When United Airlines recently bumped a man off his flight from Chicago to St. Louis, the airline was following the rules—to a point. One of the main reasons the man will likely sue the airline is that he will allege he was not treated in a "reasonable" manner, as it appears he was dragged forcefully and harmed as he was removed from the plane. Most people don't know all the DOT and FAA rules, but you should know your basic rights.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury, you know that it can affect all aspects of your life. In addition to your physical wounds, being injured can have a negative impact on your personal relationships, your career, and your long-term physical health or abilities.
An injury can be devastating. In addition to being temporarily physically debilitating, it can impact your personal relationships, your career, and your long-term physical health or abilities. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence or fault, an attorney can be your advocate every step of the way through the process of recovering damages.