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Did your landlord leave you in the cold this winter?

If you live in a rental property in East Orange or another city in New Jersey, your landlord has specific responsibilities to keep you and your family safe during the cold winter months. He or she must take preventative steps before the cold sets in to ensure everything on the property runs smoothly throughout the winter. As a tenant, you have a right to have access to heat, and providing it is the responsibility of the property owner.

Did you know that your local government determines the date on which property owners must ensure that the heat in rental properties is on? According to the landlord-tenant law, your city specifies the date dates and required temperatures for heat supply during winter months.

Your landlord's obligations to prevent the silent killer's attack

If you and your family live in a rented property, your landlord has specific responsibilities that include maintaining safe premises for you and your guests. During the cold New Jersey winter months, the obligations involve more than snow and ice removal with the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning added to the risks. Neglect to do the required maintenance on heating systems and carbon monoxide detectors before winter sets in can have devastating consequences.

Thousands of people nationwide suffer carbon monoxide poisoning every year, and many of them do not survive. The gas is typically undetectable by humans because it is colorless and has no odor. It is also known as the "silent killer" because it frequently overcomes people in their sleep.

Did you get more than you bargained for when grocery shopping?

When you walk into a New Jersey grocery store, you are probably more concerned with what is on your shopping list than whether or not you will be safe. A supermarket may not seem like an exceptionally dangerous place, but in reality, there are many hazards that could compromise your safety. In fact, many people suffer serious injuries as a result of incidents that occur while shopping.

If you are hurt because of something that happened in a supermarket, you may be unsure of what to do next. Who is to blame? Are you at fault at all? How will you manage your medical bills? Even a simple accident can lead to injuries that can have complex and expensive repercussions in your life. Fortunately, you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone.

When is a property owner responsible for your injuries?

If you have suffered injuries in an accident involving a fall because of dangerous property conditions, you may be unsure of what to do next. When you go to any type of business, you likely have a reasonable expectation of personal safety, so it can be quite overwhelming to be the victim of conditions beyond your control. In fact, many victims of slip-and-fall accidents are not certain who or what is to blame for their injuries.

In the winter months, slip-and-fall accidents are more prevalent due to snow and ice. After this type of accident, it is possible you have grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim. The property owner may be liable for what happened to you, but it is smart to learn more about these types of claims and how to prove liability.

What parking lot dangers are compromising your safety?

When you visit a store, business or any other public place, it is likely with the assumption that the parking lot is safe and you will not experience injury due to preventable hazards. According to the National Safety Council, there are approximately 50,000 accidents in parking lots every year. From moving vehicles to hazardous conditions, many things could be threatening your safety in a parking lot.

As the holiday season approaches, you may find it interesting to note that parking lot accidents increase and remain above average this time of year. There are many reasons why parking lot collisions and accidents happen, and your accident may not be your fault. It could be in your interests to find out if you have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim.

Your landlord's response to an attractive nuisance

Apartment living has its advantages, especially when it comes to taking responsibility for upkeep. If you live in an apartment, you probably appreciate when your landlord responds promptly to your requests for repairs or maintenance. Of course, this may not be the norm, and you may be like many tenants who wait an unreasonable amount of time before help arrives.

This may be worrisome to you if you have children who are in danger of being injured by a hazard on the property you rent. Your landlord is responsible for keeping the property as safe as possible for tenants and visitors, and this includes addressing any attractive nuisances that may exist.

What damages are recoverable after injuries caused by others?

Suffering serious injuries can cause havoc in the life of anyone in New Jersey, regardless of whether it was an automobile accident, a slip or trip accident on a broken sidewalk or a fall in your apartment building due to a faulty stairway. If another person's negligence caused your injury and subsequent financial and emotional damages, you might be entitled to pursue financial relief through the New Jersey civil justice system.

You might have questions about the type of damages for which you could seek recovery. The severity of your injuries and the extent of the resulting economic and noneconomic damages will play a role in what you can recover.

Did a security guard fail to keep you safe?

You may be like other New Jersey residents who think that premises liability claims are mainly about slip and falls and dog bites. This area of law actually encompasses much more than that.

Property owners are also responsible for the reasonable safety of people allowed to be on the property. This means that if someone mugs you in a Walmart parking lot or assaults you in the laundry room of your apartment building, the owner may be legally liable. Many security measures could help improve your safety, and one that many establishments employ is the use of security guards.

Is your hotel doing everything it can to keep you safe?

Summer is quickly coming to an end, but maybe you still have a getaway planned before the school year starts. Perhaps you prefer your vacation when the crowds have thinned out and the weather is a little cooler. Are you going to your favorite New Jersey resort, or is this the year for a new adventure in a place you have never visited?

Whatever your plans, if staying in a hotel is part of your agenda, there are some important safety facts you should know before you check in. You may not realize how vulnerable you are when you stay at a hotel. If management does not take appropriate precautions, you may face even greater risks.

What are your legal rights after a public transportation injury?

Public transportation, such as buses, trains and subways, provide convenience for thousands of commuters in New Jersey. For some, it is their only mode of transport, while others use city transportation to save money. However, despite the crucial need for this service, it could be hazardous for passengers and other road users.

If you are a frequent user of public transportation, you could be at risk of suffering personal injury due to vehicular accidents or assault. Further threats include contracting a contagious disease or being a victim of a crime. A bus driver's negligence in another state caused a passenger's fractured spine when the bus bounced over a speed bump at double the speed limit. She sued the transit company, and the jury awarded a sizeable monetary judgment.

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