With the arrival of summer, property owners in New Jersey may want to look at any potential dangers that could cause injuries to unsupervised children around their yards. These are called attractive nuisances that include anything that could attract neighborhood children to come onto the property for a closer look. However, if such incidents cause injuries, the property owner could face full financial accountability through a premises liability lawsuit.
Workers in the warehousing and fulfillment centers in New Jersey face a host of workplace injury risks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates safety standards for this industry, holding employers responsible for the safety and health of employees. However, workers' compensation claims citing material handling injuries continue to be filed.
Consumers nationwide, including New Jersey, rely on property owners at shopping malls, retail outlets and other commercial properties to address known hazards that could cause injuries to shoppers, visitors and workers. The number of premises liability lawsuits that are filed in New Jersey courts each year shows that injured shoppers accuse many property owners and tenants of business premises of being negligent. Such personal injury claims involve neck and back injuries, often caused by slip, trips and falls.
What was meant to be a ski trip in another state recently turned into a tragedy when a New Jersey man suffered a fatal injury. The 46-year-old man died on a recent Thursday in an incident that authorities ruled to be an accident. According to records, this was the first fatal chairlift incident at this resort since 2016 when a woman died after she was thrown from the lift. Following that accident, a report determined that the lift operator materially contributed to the accident, which would have been grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.
Property owners must take all reasonable precautions to protect employees, patrons and guests against hazards that could cause slips and trips. This is a significant responsibility, particularly during New Jersey winters. Anyone who suffers injuries in a fall while visiting a supermarket, shopping center, hotel, office complex, manufacturer, apartment or other property with access to the public might have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.
Legionella bacteria cause a deadly type of pneumonia called Legionnaires' disease. Health officials issued a statement in which they confirmed that 94 people from various states, including New Jersey, became infected with this bacteria at a fair and were hospitalized. Four of those people have died so far. One of the victims who was infected has now filed a premises liability lawsuit.
Childhood bullying has probably been around the entirety of human existence. Children who are bullied by their peers may fear for their safety, develop anxiety and depression disorders and have difficulty concentrating in school. Bullying is especially significant in modern times due to social media and the Internet having such a strong impact on students’ lives. Not only can New Jersey students be bullied in school, but the harmful behavior can continue anytime as their tormentors harass them online.
It is good for your children to get outside and play during the summer months, but, as you know, there are also dangers that can threaten your children when they go outside without supervision. This does not mean that you must keep an eye on your children all the time, especially if they are older. However, you and other New Jersey residents may want to learn about summer risks for children, as well as how attractive nuisance law can protect them.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur anywhere in New Jersey where the burning of fuels takes place. It can take place in homes or businesses, as well as on construction sites. Because carbon monoxide has no odor, taste or color, it can be difficult to detect, and poisoning can occur before you realize it.
If you are like most New Jersey residents, you have had that morbid thought once or twice when in a shopping mall, apartment or high-rise building elevator: the elevator cord just snapped? What if the power went out in the middle of your ride? What if the door closed on you when you were halfway out the door? For the most part, these fears have no bearing, as elevator and escalator accidents are rare. However, they do happen.