When you were a kid, you fell down all the time. It was no big deal. However, unless you've made a career as an Olympic athlete or a stunt double, you probably haven't had too much experience falling lately-and you're likely out of practice.
Despite lingering warm weather, a quick glance at the calendar reminds us that we're now nearly half way through October of 2017 and winter weather is on the way to New Jersey shortly.
As another winter descends on New Jersey, treacherous conditions abound on roads as well as sidewalks and walkways. Slipping and falling on snow-packed, icy walkways may seem like a necessary evil for those of us who live here in the northeast. However, it's important to know that property owners, private and commercial, have some responsibility for keeping their property as hazard-free as possible for visitors.
Halloween traditions have changed since many of us were younger and went door-to-door throughout our neighborhood and beyond in search of treats. Safety concerns have resulted in more parties and group events. However, many Bergen County kids (often with parents in tow) still go trick-or-treating.
New Jersey kids often spend hours a week on school, park and other playgrounds. Whether they're being supervised by parents, teachers or other adults, the risk of injury is still there. Few kids make it out of childhood without at least one injury, and perhaps a serious one. Over 200,000 kids suffer some type of playground injury each year.
Some of the most common kinds of injuries in New Jersey trip and fall accident cases include back injuries, neck injuries, traumatic brain injury, broken bones and ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of these injuries, victims may be forced to pay for expensive medical treatments, rehabilitation therapies and time spent unable to work.
Many people consider "slip and fall" injuries minor and not something that should warrant legal action -- until it happens to them. In fact, falls can result in serious neck and back injuries, broken bones and other problems that require medical treatment and sometimes, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Slip and fall accidents are a big deal in New Jersey. Nationwide, they cause 540,000 people to be sent to the hospital every year, and that doesn't even count all of the accidents that don't result in hospital stays. One of the biggest reasons for a slip and fall accident is a wet floor. Where are these found most often?
When injuries happen in a rented space in New Jersey, it's very important to know if the tenant or the landlord is responsible for those injuries. Each case is different, but there are a few key points that can indicate that the fault lies with the landlord, such as: