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Summer is BBQ time -- Is your host concerned about your safety?

There are not many things that are better than having fun with friends in the New Jersey summer — pool parties, backyard BBQs, and, hopefully, no injuries. The truth is that incidents that cause physical harm usually happen when you least expect it. If you or a loved one suffers injuries, you might have to deal with medical bills and other financial consequences. Such an incident can jeopardize your financial stability.

Although the host might have homeowner insurance with liability coverage, he or she is responsible for the safety of guests. Any injuries that occur might lead to claims against the property owner's insurance.

Proving a property owner's liability for your fall injuries

Whether you went to the mall, the grocery store or some other establishment to run your errands, you expected that the property owner made sure that you would be reasonably safe. That is, until you slipped and fell.

The injuries you suffered required you to go to the hospital, and you may face a significant recovery period. During this time, you will more than likely incur medical expenses, lose income and incur other damages because of your fall. You believe that the property owner is somehow responsible for your predicament, but now you need to prove it.

Did a lapse in premises safety measures cause you to suffer harm?

Many people live in apartments for various reasons. You may live in this type of residence during a transitional period of your life, or you may have the ability to afford an apartment more easily than buying or renting a house. You may even like moving to different locations and feel that the less-permanent option of an apartment suits your lifestyle. Whatever the reason, you certainly want your apartment and its property to feel safe.

When it comes to premises safety, your property manager or landlord has the responsibility of ensuring that no unnecessary safety risks exist. Of course, landlords can have lapses in judgment or simply act negligently, and as a result, that negligence could lead to an event that causes you to suffer harm.

A growl and a show of teeth is dog language for "back off"

If you have to cope with mountains of medical bills and permanent scarring after a dog attack, you are one of many such victims in New Jersey who land in hospitals every year. In many of these cases, the victims have lasting scars that might even require plastic surgery. Emotional distress and trauma might cause a lifelong fear of dogs.

If the dog bite incident took place on someone else's property, and you did not provoke the animal, you might have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit. Although such legal action is complicated, it might result in a monetary judgment to cover the financial and emotional damages you sustained.

Be prepared for the tricks and traps of predators in parking lots

Parking lots and parking garages are dangerous areas to which business and property owners must pay particular attention. Although anyone can be at risk in a New Jersey parking garage or parking lot, crime records seem to indicate that predators more often set their aims at women who might be easier targets and more vulnerable. Not many parking facilities have surveillance cameras, due to the cost of maintenance and the cost required for personnel to monitor the surveillance systems.

Every time you find yourself in a parking lot or garage, regardless of whether it is at a shopping mall, the gym or your child's day care, you are at risk. The fact that you have been there countless times without coming to harm might bring complacency. However, parking lot crime and assault is a serious issue nationwide, and you can take specific precautions, based on victims' reports.

Are you suffering the consequences of your landlord's negligence?

Are you struggling to cope with the consequences of a slip-and-fall incident in your apartment building, a retail store or another public area in New Jersey? You may be happy to learn that you might have grounds to pursue financial relief to help you settle medical bills and make up for lost income. However, you will have to establish negligence on the part of the property owner — a process that might be challenging.

Negligence is the failure to protect others from harm, but only if there was a duty to provide protection. The law says that a person is negligent if he or she fails to act as reasonable people would act in similar circumstances — thereby causing harm to others.

How's the security at the parking garage you use?

You may be like many others here in New Jersey who regularly use a particular parking garage during your workweek. Each day, you drive in and out and walk to and from your vehicle. It may be so routine to you now that you don't even think about it anymore.

Then, one day, something happened. Someone attacked you, you fell, or you suffered some other injury in the parking garage. From that day forward, you paid more attention to your surroundings. You may have begun to question whether your parking garage has adequate security.

Did you shop yourself into the hospital this past holiday season?

Did you enter the New Year suffering the consequences of a shopping injury? Then you might have questions about your rights to seek recovery of financial and other damages. The volumes of shoppers in retail establishments during the holidays increase the chances of incidents that could cause injuries.

While many shopping injuries are minor, visits to stores and shopping malls could result in sprains, fractured bones, spinal and neck injuries, head trauma and even fatalities. Although it might not be easy to prove, property owners and their tenants might be liable for damages.

Were your injuries caused by your landlord's negligence?

If you rent an apartment in New Jersey, you will likely expect your landlord to ensure safe surroundings. In fact, it is a property owner's responsibility to keep tenants happy and to prevent dangerous conditions that might cause injuries. He or she must follow the safety and health codes of the state and the city, and perform regular maintenance.

Maintaining a safe rental property is an ongoing responsibility. Weekly inspections are essential to identify developing hazards, and certain aspects need monthly checks. Your landlord must post warning signs at dangerous areas and arrange for prompt repairs.

If navigating a civil lawsuit seems daunting, help is available

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, and if you live in an apartment complex in New Jersey, your fate may be in the hands of the property owner. Negligent maintenance can result in potholes in the parking lot, loose railings and insufficient lighting in the stairwell, electrical hazards in your apartment, and more. You may face additional risks if you use public transportation to get to work every day, and falls with devastating consequences are also somewhat frequent at supermarkets.

Fortunately, you may find comfort knowing that the civil justice system is on your side, and it will allow you to seek recovery of financial and emotional damages if you suffer injuries as the result of another party's negligence. The thought of navigating a premises liability lawsuit may be daunting, but it is not something you need to face on your own because there are resources available to assist you.

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