New Jersey neighborhoods are littered with sidewalks. Although these patches of pavement run across the front of a homeowner's property, they are for the use of the public. As winter progresses, the sidewalks tend to get a little slippery. It can be easy to find excuses to ignore maintaining the sidewalk in front of a home. Excuses range from the simple "I'll do it tomorrow" to the "I don't have the strength anymore to chip away at the ice." No matter what people might think, there is no good excuse for failing to clear the ice from a public sidewalk. Icy conditions can lead to serious falls and even more serious injuries. One of the most common reasons people give for failing to clear a sidewalk is that salt can be very harmful to pets. While this can be true with traditional salts, there are several brands that have developed pet-safe options. These salts are not only gentle on animals' paws so that they too can safely walk down the road, but they are non-toxic as well. Using these pet-safe brands, homeowners don't have to worry when they see their pet settle down and lick their paws. For only $17.99, New Jersey residents can pick up a 9-oz. jug of a product called "Safe Paw" at several locations. For those who are injured in a fall on an icy sidewalk, it is important to remember that it was another's failure to act that caused your injuries. Successful slip-and-fall lawsuits are complex, but experienced attorneys are well-versed in what seems like confusing legal mumbo jumbo necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Source:, "Of safe ice melt, benefits of pets, donations & elephants," Pat Summers, Dec. 31, 2012 Choosing the right attorney who has experience in slip-and-fall accidents in New Jersey is a decision that should not be lightly made. Our Hackensack law firm has that experience that fall victims need.