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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.

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.

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