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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.

Is your child's day care filled with happy faces or red flags?

As a parent of a toddler in New Jersey, you are likely in the same boat as many other parents who have to work to provide for all their children's needs. If you are not fortunate enough to have other family members who can care for your child while you are at work, the only other option might be day care. However, finding a facility at which your child will receive loving care and education in a safe and healthy environment can be a challenge.

Unsafe conditions at day care can lead to serious injuries, particularly if the facility is in a home. Many household items can be hazardous, and children must have constant supervision. Nobody wants even to consider the possibility of injuries that might lead to a day care liability lawsuit.

You can get up and fight if you were thrown off the gym treadmill

Have you suffered an injury while exercising at the gym where you spend many hours and thousands of dollars on your membership? Just like any other New Jersey business, gym owners must protect patrons from suffering injuries. Sadly, that is not always the case, and you may not be aware that there are many other victims of gym injuries.

Are you unsure about your right to seek recovery of damages? You may have questions about the gym's liability for your injuries. This is a complicated field of the law, and several factors will come into play.

Is my landlord responsible for my losses?

When renting a home or an apartment, one expects the property to be safe. It is unfortunate that some New Jersey residents end up renting properties that someone maintained poorly or are in unsafe neighborhoods. If you are a tenant who has experienced losses due to crime or an accident on the property, your landlord may be responsible for your losses.

Landlords have rather difficult jobs. It is not easy to keep tenants happy all the time. At the end of the day, it is not about keeping tenants happy, though; it is about keeping the property safe for use. If a landlord fails in his or her responsibility, tenants have every right to pursue legal actions.

Steps to take after a slip-and-fall accident

Property owners in New Jersey must provide safe surroundings for tenants and visitors. This not only applies to stores but also apartment buildings and any other facilities. If you rent an apartment, your landlord must take reasonable care of maintenance and immediately repair any hazards that could cause injuries.

Any injuries that you or other tenants suffer due to the negligence of a landlord could lead to premises liability lawsuits. Circumstances that could cause you to slip and fall include wet and slippery walkways or floors inside and outside buildings. Damaged staircases or missing handrails can also cause falls, especially when the lighting is insufficient.

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