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Do not rush to blame yourself

We have seen it all too often — people put the blame on themselves for slips, trips and falls. It is only human to want to blame yourself if there is nobody there who directly harmed you. However, allowing negligent New Jersey property owners to continue their irresponsible habits often only perpetuates the problem. In other words, staying silent could end up leading to the continuation of the unsafe conditions that caused your accident, endangering yourself and others in the future.

Who's responsible for sidewalks?

If you are a homeowner in New Jersey, one thing you may wonder about is the sidewalk in front of your home. What would happen if someone fell? Would you be liable? Are you required to shovel snow or keep that sidewalk maintained? These are common questions when it comes to who is responsible for sidewalks within the city limits in the various cities in the state.

Should you be worried about potholes as a motorcyclist?

Potholes are a pain no matter where in New Jersey you're traveling. They can damage your vehicle, burst your tires, and leave you with some nasty injuries. But that's mostly for covered vehicles like cars, vans, or trucks. What about people like you, who have to weather the strike with your motorcycle alone?

TVs and heavy objects at home can endanger your child’s life

When there are young children in the home, most parents in New Jersey and elsewhere childproof their house, including plugging up electrical outlets and installing child-proof locks on cabinets. It may be easy to overlook other common dangers that can be just as deadly as medications or sharp objects within reach, including heavy household items that many people believe are not a threat.

How can pedestrians be at risk near construction sites?

As the weather begins to warm up, New Jersey residents will see more construction of buildings and roads around town. This can also spell danger for those who are walking close to where workers are renovating offices, putting up new buildings or improving roads. The last thing you would expect as you are walking to work or getting your shopping done is to be injured by a nearby construction project, but unfortunately, this can happen.

What is social host liability?

If you are a New Jersey parent who has teenaged children, you should think twice before letting them have a party in your home where alcohol will be available. FindLaw explains that New Jersey has a social host liability law that holds you responsible if any of your teenager’s guests becomes drunk at the party and then causes an accident on his or her drive home.

Who's at fault for a slip-and-fall?

New Jersey residents who slip, trip, or fall on someone else's property may be wondering what the next step is. We at Lieberman, Ryan, & Forrest LLC, we find it important to help you understand who can be held responsible for these accidents and what possible compensations may be available to you.

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