Personal Injury Articles for the Injured of NJ

Dangers of Slip and Falls During Freeze and Thaw Cycles

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

In the immediate aftermath of a snowstorm, the bitter cold and piles of snow and ice make venturing outside a daunting prospect. Winter storms can leave behind dangerously slippery conditions for anyone traveling on foot, or even walking to their cars. However, when the temperature starts to rise a little, surely that’s a sign of safer walking conditions to come, right? Not necessarily. Warmer days and sub-freezing nights result in freeze and thaw cycles that, if anything, make it more dangerous to traverse sidewalks and driveways, rather than less.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Slip and Fall Injuries when Rain is Followed by Falling Temperatures

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jan 23, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

The fact that snowy weather can create slippery conditions that increase the danger of falling accidents is not news to any long-time New Jersey resident. However, it’s much easier to forget that a brief stretch of 40-degree rainy weather can create conditions that are just as dangerous – if not worse – when the temperature dips below freezing again during the night. The rainfall may melt away any accumulated snow at the edges of roads and walkways, but very little of that moisture is absorbed into the cold winter air. Most of it lingers on the surface of sidewalks and driveways until the weather turns cold enough that the residual water re-freezes into a slick, near-invisible sheet of ice. If that isn’t perilous enough, even a dusting of snow can completely conceal the ice on walkways, making it harder for pedestrians to anticipate the presence of slipping hazards.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Falling is Leading Cause of Most Nonfatal Injuries

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Jan 18, 2019

By Francis M. Smith

No one who has lived in New Jersey for any length of time is surprised by the fact that snowy weather increases a person’s risk of slipping and falling. What may be surprising for many of us, however, is how great the effect of that increased risk can be, and how often these falls can lead to serious injury. While the best-case scenario for a fall on ice results in nothing more than damp dress or trousers and something to complain about for the rest of the morning, many falls cause injuries serious enough to warrant a hospital visit. In fact, the workload increase in emergency rooms during slippery, snowy days is comparable to the increase resulting from a major accident or moderate natural disaster, according to some studies.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, hazardous road conditions

Injuries Caused by Negligent and Inadequate Security

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Dec 31, 2018

By Francis M. Smith

When most people hear the phrase, “premises liability suit,” they tend to think of slippery floors and cracked sidewalks resulting in patrons falling and being injured. The deliberate criminal actions of another private individual seldom conjure the notion of liability on the part of the property owner in an observer’s mind. However, every property owner has a duty of care toward visitors and patrons to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition to minimize the risk of foreseeable harm, and that includes providing adequate security measures in locations where patrons and visitors might be vulnerable to crime.

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Topics: Dangerous Premises, premises liability, negligent security

Who is Liable When Someone Falls on a Condominium Sidewalk?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Oct 16, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

As the weather turns colder, the changing season brings with it the return of yearly hazards to pedestrians – specifically in the form of slippery and unsafe sidewalks. Fallen autumn leaves, slick with rain, will soon give way to ice and snow in winter, and it's no surprise that New Jersey sees an increase in slip and fall injuries (and resulting injury claims) at this time of year. Unfortunately, the law surrounding liability for sidewalk injuries involves many conditions and exceptions, which can leave an injured plaintiff unsure of whether they have a case, and if so, against whom.

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Topics: Injuries, Trip and Fall, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, premises liability

Negligent Security: Preventable Criminal Attacks

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 22, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Business owners have a duty of care toward their visitors: they must take steps to remedy any dangerous conditions on their property that they know about, as well as any dangerous conditions that they should know about as a result of reasonably careful maintenance of the property. Sometimes, however, the dangers that threaten to injure visitors to the property are not just slippery floors or icy steps. Some of the more devastating injuries that can befall visitors are suffered at the hands of other people in acts of violent crime – and for premises liability purposes, reasonably foreseeable criminal activity committed by a third party may count as a dangerous condition that a property owner has a duty to rectify through implementing reasonable security measures.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, premises liability, negligent security

Common Defenses To A Slip and Fall Injury Accident

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 20, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When your slip and fall injury claim goes to court, you and your attorney will need to prove a number of things to the satisfaction of a jury: that you suffered an accident as a result of the negligence of the party you are suing, that the injuries you sustained were caused by that accident, and that the financial damages you are seeking stem from those injuries. As you are working to provide evidence in support of these points, the lawyer working for the insurance company will be doing his best to tear down your attorney's arguments. One of the more common points of attack for defense attorneys in slip and fall injury cases is the claim of negligence. If they can convince a jury that their client (the landowner or property manager you are suing) was diligent in fulfilling his duty of care and that your accident took place despite the client's reasonable efforts, you won't be able to collect injury damages regardless of how seriously you were injured.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation, comparative fault

The Three Ingredients to a Slip and Fall - Injury: Shoes, Floor and Person

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 18, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

In any slip and fall injury case, there are three components in play that may contribute to an accident. These components are the accident victim him- or herself, the footwear the victim was wearing when the accident took place, and the flooring or other surface across which the injury victim was walking when the accident occurred. When you are injured in a slip or trip and fall accident, it's important for you and your attorney to examine all three factors thoroughly, in order to rule them out as a possible cause of the accident (and produce evidence to support ruling them out), or to demonstrate that a particular factor was at fault and gather evidence in support of this conclusion.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall

Slips and Falls Caused by How the Store Does Business? The Wollerman Rule and the Mode of Operation Explained

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 15, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

In some slip and fall injury claims, the cause of the accident is readily apparent: a staircase hand rail wasn't securely attached to the wall and gave way when the injured plaintiff grasped it, or the plaintiff slipped on a spilled puddle of laundry detergent, which left a soapy residue on her shoes. Unfortunately, there are many other cases in which it's clear that something caused the injured person to slip and fall, but the specific hazard that precipitated the fall is difficult to identify or prove. Sometimes the hazard that caused the accident is discovered, but it is unknown how the hazard came to be on the floor, or whether it had been there long enough for an employee of the business to discover it. In the past, this has resulted in the cases of many injured plaintiffs being dismissed on the grounds that they lacked evidence to prove negligence. A New Jersey Supreme Court decision established the Wollerman rule, making it simpler for some slip and fall victims to argue their cases by shifting the burden of proof to the defendant under some circumstances.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Slip and Fall Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Q: What exactly does the term “slip and fall” mean, legally?

A: Although it sounds more like plain English than legal jargon, “slip and fall” is a legal term that refers to a particular scenario in tort law. ("Tort law" simply refers to civil justice and remedies provided, as compared to criminal justice.) Slip and fall lawsuits involve cases in which the injured plaintiff suffering an accident in which they slipped or tripped and fell on a property belonging to another person or entity (who would be the defendant(s) in the case). In these cases, the defendant may be held liable, or legally responsible, for the plaintiff's injuries if the defendant was negligent in a way that breached the duty of care he owed to the plaintiff.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury case

When Negligent Security Harms

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, May 08, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When you sustain injuries on a premises owned or controlled by someone else, there are specific circumstances under which that person or organization may be held liable for the costs of your injuries. The duty of care that property managers owe to invitees who are on their property for legitimate purposes is high: if the property manager knows about, or should reasonably know about, a hazardous condition or situation on their property, they are obligated to take steps to reduce or eliminate the danger. If they fail to do this, they could be found negligent and forced to pay damages to a visitor who trusted the property manager to keep the premises safe and was injured as a result. The archetypal example of negligence involves a slip and fall accident due to a section of cracked pavement or a spill that was not cleaned up in a timely manner, but these are not the only dangers that a visitor to a property might face.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation, premises liability, negligent security

Slip & Falls on NJ Residential, Commercial & Government Property.

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, May 06, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When pursuing a personal injury claim resulting from a slip and fall accident, one of the major factors that dictate how the case must proceed and what you and your attorney must be able to prove is the kind of property where the accident took place. A slip and fall on commercial property is one of the most common cases of premises liability claims, and it looks very different in practice from a case involving a similar fall on residential property or on government land. There are some commonalities among these three kinds of claims, of course: in each case the injured person must prove that they were injured as a result of the fall, and that the financial damages they are seeking stem from those injuries. The standards of determining liability and, in some cases, the procedure that the claim must follow, are the main factors that differ as a result of the kind of property where the accident occurred.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation

Navigating Fault: Why Are Slip & Falls Hard to Prove, Who Is to Blame, & What to Do When You Fall

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 04, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Though they are among the more common personal injury cases, slip and falls can be surprisingly difficult to pursue. In any negligence claim, there are three basic points that must be proven to the satisfaction of a jury if the case makes it to court. First, you must prove that you suffered losses (in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of living, and other costs that result from being injured). Second, you must prove that these losses were the result of the accident in question – that your injuries were the consequence of this particular fall, and not some other incident or condition. Third, you must prove that the accident is the fault of the individuals or organizations you are suing. This is the point where many insurance lawyers will attack your case the most fervently, because fault can be tricky to prove in slip and fall cases.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation

Falls in Amusement Parks

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 29, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

New Jersey is fortunate to be home to many amusement parks, from a variety of local theme parks to one of the largest amusement park and safari chains in the country. Theme parks cultivate a sense of adventure, playfulness, and safety within their borders – which is why it seems all the more jarring when something goes wrong and someone is hurt. The idea of an accident at an amusement park conjures up images of roller-coaster disasters, but as a fraction of all personal injury claims at theme parks, these catastrophes are thankfully rare. Much more commonly, the sort of accidents that result in an injury claim and a potential lawsuit are rather mundane: the same sort of slip and fall accident that can happen in a supermarket or a restaurant.

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Topics: Injuries, Trip and Fall, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation, falls in amusement parks

Falls in Construction Sites

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 27, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Construction sites can be, by their very nature, hazardous locations. Heavy equipment, ladders and scaffolding, holes and trenches, and other features can create dangers that can only be mitigated, not entirely erased. It is the duty of the general contractor or property manager in charge of a construction site to maintain it in as safe a condition as possible, but sometimes corners are cut or errors are made, resulting in accidents. Every year, more than 68,000 injury claims result from slip and fall accidents on or around construction sites – and of these, over 100 represent fatal accidents. Often the victims of these falls at construction sites are workers employed by one of the companies (sub-contractors) operating on the job site, but passers-by or other people are also at risk of falling accidents in these areas.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, Construction Accidents, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents

Falls in Homes and Private Residences

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Apr 15, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When discussing slip and fall accidents, the examples that spring most immediately to mind are accidents on public or commercial property: tripping on a cracked or raised sidewalk, slipping on a spill in a grocery store, or falling on ice in a parking lot. But it's just as possible to be injured in a fall in home settings, too – and when that happens, it's often unclear what the right course of action should be. Most often, if you are in a private residence other than your own, that home belongs to a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. Even if you are seriously injured in a fall in a home belonging to one of these people, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. After all, who wants to bring claim, much less a legal action against a friend or relative?

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, premises liability, falls in homes

Falls in Stores and Shopping Malls

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

One of the more common settings for slip and fall accidents is inside stores or other commercial properties, and falls in stores are also among the most hotly litigated premises liability cases. The primary source of contention in many of these cases is that of responsibility: who bears the burden of ensuring that a fall on the store premises doesn't take place – the customer trying to navigate their way through the store and do their shopping, or the owner or manager of the store who has experience with the premises and knowledge of its common hazards? Generally speaking, courts have upheld the idea that the operators of commercial properties have a special responsibility to provide a reasonably safe premises for customers and visitors.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, premises liability

Falls Caused by Excessive Weather Conditions - Ice and Snow

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 27, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Every year, it seems that winter grows longer, more severe, and more unpredictable. One thing that remains constant, however, is the increased risk of slipping and falling that comes with winter weather. Anyone who has spent a winter in New Jersey knows the perils that come with snow and ice accumulation. When the temperature climbs above freezing for part of the day the danger can actually increase, as packed snow begins to melt and turns to slippery slush, then re-freezes as temperatures drop during the night. Additionally, previously cleared sidewalks can become icy when adjacent snow shoveled off the sidewalk melts, the water flows onto the sidewalk, and freezes. Most people take pains to move carefully across outdoor surfaces when snow and ice cover the ground, but black ice and hidden slick spots under snow cover are difficult to spot.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall

Elevated Falls

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Any accident on another person's or business's property that results in a fall can have serious consequences for the injured person, but not all falls are created equal. There are many ways to categorize falling accidents, but one of the more important factors is the kind of terrain on which the injured person fell: was it a relatively flat surface, or was there an elevation difference involved? Most falling injuries are caused by accidents that take place on a fairly level area, such as an uneven sidewalk, a lawn with a gopher hole, or a slippery supermarket floor. However, elevated falls – accidents that involve falling from any height – often mean much more serious injuries for the accident victim.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, elevated falls

What is Comparative Fault in a Slip and Fall Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When you sustain an injury in a slip and fall accident on someone else's property, a major component of pursuing your injury claim will involve proving that the incident that caused your injuries was the fault of the possessor of the property (or those charged with maintaining the property). This may mean demonstrating that the property owner or manager actively created the hazard that caused your injury, or showing that they negligently allowed the hazard to persist. While your attorney is gathering proofs and constructing these arguments, however, the lawyer for the opposing side won't be sitting idle; it's his job to defend the property owner (and the insurance company who will have to pay damages if you prevail), and one of the defense strategies in their arsenal is to argue that the accident that injured you was at least partly your own fault. This defense argument is called comparative negligence or comparative fault, and if the insurance company's lawyer argues it persuasively enough, it could reduce the amount of money you are able to collect in injury damages, or mean that you can receive no compensation at all.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, comparative negligence, comparative fault

Injuries Resulting from Slip and Falls or Tripping

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Suffering a fall as a result of unsafe walking surfaces or hazards on a property can result in serious injuries. There are many ways that an injury-causing fall can occur, but these kinds of accident can be divided into two broad categories: slip and fall accidents, and trip and fall accidents. If the incident occurs on a premises controlled by another party and the hazardous condition existed due to that party's negligence, there is little or no difference in liability between the two types of falling accident – but when pursuing damages for your claim, the distinction between a slipping accident and a trip can be important for substantiating your account of events. Perhaps more importantly, the kind of falling accident you suffer can partly determine what injuries you sustain.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, injury compensation

Premises Liability Categorization of People

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

Accidents resulting in personal injury at a private residence, place of business, or other property can happen at any time of year – though the snow, ice, and wet of winter weather certainly creates additional seasonal hazards. If you are injured in a fall or other accident on a property owned by someone else, the medical bills and other expenses from your injuries can rack up quickly, leaving you to wonder how to deal with all these sudden costs while trying to recover your health. One natural question to ask is, “Can I recover damages for my injuries from the party who owns or controls the property where I was hurt?” The answer, as is so often the case in personal injury and premises liability claims, is “It depends.”

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Topics: Dangerous Premises, premises liability

Liability for Dangerous Premises in New Jersey

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Fri, Feb 13, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

When you set out to seek compensation for injuries you sustained from an accident on another person's or business's property, there are a number of things you and your attorney must be able to prove. The first few are obvious: you must prove that the accident took place, that you were injured as a result of it, and that the injuries and money damages you are seeking stem from those injuries. In addition to this, you must also prove that the individuals or business entities that control the property (whether they own it, rent it, or have been charged with its management) bear liability for the injuries you suffered. Proving liability is often more challenging in slip and fall accidents than it is in, for instance, car crashes, for a number of reasons. Often, the injured person in a slip and fall accident is also the only person to have witnessed the accident take place. In a car accident, certain types of accidents (like a rear-end collision) carry a clear indication of fault, whereas premises liability law can be complex, can vary based upon the location of the fall, and, in some cases, can be very subjective. Having the help of an experienced premises liability attorney is essential when pursuing an injury case like this, as your attorney can help you understand the details of the laws governing liability.

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Topics: Injuries, Dangerous Premises, injury compensation, premises liability

What is Title 59 in NJ?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jan 05, 2015

By Francis M. Smith

If you have suffered an injury because of the negligent actions of another person or an organization, it can be reassuring to know that the state of New Jersey provides a means of seeking compensation through the courts for those injuries and the expenses arising from them, if the party responsible for your accident refuses to offer a reasonable settlement. But what happens when the state of New Jersey, or one of its counties or municipalities, is the party responsible for your injuries? Then things become a little more complicated.

The state of New Jersey has established in law a degree of immunity from liability for itself and its employees; this is generally referred to as "sovereign immunity" - because it's carried over from the English common law which was mostly adopted here in the U.S. early in our history. Back then in England, you could not sue the King. (That is, the "sovereign" was immune from suit.)

Here in New Jersey, governmental immunity from suit is the prevailing law, but there are exceptions to this immunity, under which injured or wronged citizens are able to sue the state and its actors for damages. Even then, though, their lawsuits are subject to many limitations and requirements. These are outlined in the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (“TCA”), otherwise known as Title 59. This legislation, and the court decisions interpreting it, imposes restrictions on the circumstances under which you can sue the state (or any governmental subdivision) and its employees, the kinds of damages you can seek compensation for, and the manner in which you must file your suit.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Pedestrian Accidents

Use of Life Expectancy Tables in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

Some personal injury cases are straightforward: another car crashes into yours and your leg is broken, requiring immediate treatment and several months of physical therapy in order to enable you to recover fully and resume your customary activities. But sometimes the injuries suffered by an accident victim are of a severity or a nature that he or she is left with a permanent disability, a lifelong condition, or an increased risk of future health problems. Joint damage may render a patient more likely to develop arthritis later in life and at an earlier age, and head trauma can leave a victim more vulnerable to sustaining serious damage from subsequent head injuries. So how are these permanent injuries and increased risks adjudicated when it's time to work out how much you deserve in fair compensation for your injuries?

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Topics: Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Car Accidents, Trip and Fall, Motorcycle Accident, Permanent Injury, Dangerous Premises, Automobile Litigation, Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Construction Accidents, Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Evidence, Workplace Injury, Workplace Accidents, Sports Injuries, Truck Accidents

Slip and Fall Danger Lingers when Snow Melts and Refreezes Overnight

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

By Francis M. Smith

The dead of winter can be a dangerous time to set foot outside, whether as a pedestrian walking from place to place or even as a driver walking to and from your car. When the calendar officially marks the first day of spring and daytime temperatures start to creep upward, everyone breathes a sigh of relief that winter is leaving – and taking its perilous slip and fall weather hazards with it! But unfortunately, the danger isn't completely behind us yet. Early spring holds its own share of slip and fall dangers that can result in serious injuries.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall, Pedestrian Accidents

Personal Injury: Determining When a "Dangerous Condition" Exists

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jul 15, 2013

By Francis M. Smith

If you have suffered an injury due to a fall or other accident on a property owned or maintained by another party, you may think it is reasonable to seek just compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, or other expenses that the injury has caused you. However, sustaining an injury on property belonging to another person or organization is not a guarantee that you will have a successful case. Premises liability in personal injury cases is determined by the presence of three elements in the case, without which your claim may fail.

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Topics: Dangerous Condition, New Jersey Personal Injury Law, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall, NJ Personal Injury Law

How Grocery Stores Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Jun 17, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Like any commercial enterprise, grocery stores have a responsibility to the members of the public that they invite through their doors to maintain premises free of dangers. This is not always easy, as there are numerous places within the average grocery store that can become slip and fall hazards: the fact that the customer is invited there to look at what is for sale on the shelves (taking their attention away from the floor) just makes things worse.

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Topics: Trip and Fall, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall

Who is accountable when hurt on a sidewalk?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Wed, Jun 12, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
When you suffer an injury by slipping or tripping on a poorly maintained sidewalk, it can be difficult to understand who, exactly, is responsible (and therefore legally liable) for the injury you have suffered, and the damages that may be due as a result. Who controls a sidewalk depends on the property it is associated with, but sidewalk liability laws vary significantly based on what kind of property it is, and to what kind of use it is being put. The complex laws surrounding sidewalk liability can make it hard for the injured party to understand who they should pursue legal action against, or if they even have a case. The different categories of sidewalk liability can be broken down into four general property types: residential, commercial, charitable, and public.

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Topics: NJ Personal Injury Attorney, Injuries, Trip and Fall, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Slip and Fall

Measure of Proof in Slip and Fall Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, May 13, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Sometimes when people are injured in a slip and fall accident, there is no option to seek remuneration from a third party. In large part, the ability to prove liability in slip and fall injury cases can hinge on a number of factors. Proving liability means determining a third party is responsible for the conditions that caused the slip and fall accident.

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Topics: Injuries, NJ Personal Injury Lawsuit, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, Injuries to Children, NJ Personal Injury Law

Children and Serious Injury Cases

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Sat, Apr 20, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
One of the worst things for a parent is watching their children suffering through the after-effects of an accident. Whether the accident occurred at a playground, in school or they were bitten by a dog, the consequences are very serious.

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Topics: Dangerous Premises, Injuries to Children

Do you have a Slip and Fall Injury Case?

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Mon, Apr 15, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Around every corner is a new danger. One can never know what is coming their way. There is a commercial on television that is filmed in the main characters dining room. Several people are explaining all the bad luck that is going to happen to this person throughout the day. If our mornings started out like that then we would all be a lot better off, but that just isn't the case.

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Topics: Injuries, New Jersey Personal Injury Law, Dangerous Premises, Slip and Fall, NJ Personal Injury Cases

NJ Premises Liability Expanded with Recent Wal-Mart Case

Posted by Jean Steckler on Fri, Feb 08, 2013

By Francis M. Smith
 
Those who have been injured in a slip and fall accident know how uncertain it can make life, especially if it occurred on the property of another.  Slip and fall (or trip and fall) in a home you own, and you likely have no one to blame but yourself (or perhaps something a child or pet left lying around!).  Injure yourself on the property of another, however, and the issue of who is at fault may become very significant, impacting the outcome of such issues as responsibility for medical expenses, loss of income and other damages.  The involved property owner may claim that the accident didn’t even occur, that you (or your family member) really didn’t suffer any injury or even that you were at fault for the accident happening in the first place. 

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Topics: Knee Injury, Dangerous Premises, Premises Liabiiity, Construction Accidents

Shoulder Injured Recommends NJ Personal Injury Attorney Frank Smith

Posted by Francis M. Smith on Thu, Dec 27, 2012

The following is a transcript created for Frank Smith's video from his series on NJ Personal Injury Law, available on YouTube at: Francis M. Smith, NJ Personal Attorney – Personal Experience

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Topics: Automobile Insurance, Product Liability Cases, Dangerous Premises, Success Stories, Dog Bites, Slip and Fall, Client Recommendations

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