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Blog Category: Personal Injury

If Someone Harms Your Pet, Can You Collect Damages for Emotional Distress?

Apr 28, 2021 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

For many, pets are extensions of our families. They are like children, and the love they provide is unconditional. So, what happens when your beloved pet is injured or killed by another animal or...

Court Mandates Auto Dealers to Provide Insurance for Loaner Car Drivers

Apr 28, 2021 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

A recent NJ Supreme Court decision mandated that NJ auto dealerships must provide customers and permissive users of dealership loaner cars with liability insurance of at least $100,000.00 per person...

“Ongoing Storm Rule” May Be a Thing of the Past for NJ Homeowners

Mar 17, 2021 | Written by: Sharon M. Flynn, Esq. |

In a recently unpublished case, the NJ Superior Court’s Appellate Division applied the holding in Pareja to a private homeowner.  Berniz v. Atkins, No. A-1537-19T1, 2020 WL 5949797, at *2 (N.J....

Public Common Carriers Held to Same Negligence Standard Under TCA as Other Common Carriers

Mar 5, 2021 | Written by: Kelly A. Lichtenstein, Esq. |

In Maison v. New Jersey Transit Corp., No. 083484, 2021 WL 608269 (N.J. Feb. 17, 2021), the New Jersey Supreme Court decided for the first time that public common carriers are held to the same...

As a Homeowner, What is My Responsibility for the Sidewalk Outside My Home?

Feb 22, 2021 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

We are all beginning to feel like we are in the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray…snow, shovel, salt, repeat. This has been the common theme in central NJ for the start of 2021. As a...

Liability for In-Home Underage Drinking Extends to Adults Over 18

Oct 5, 2020 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

Are you between the ages of 18 and 21?  If so, you may be liable for underage drinking in your home, regardless of whether or not you own the home.

Civil Litigation – Should I Settle or Proceed to Trial?

Sep 13, 2018 | Written by: Benedict F. Valliere, Esq. |

One of the toughest decisions a client can make during the litigation process is, after receiving a settlement offer, whether to take the offer or continue to trial. 

“Potentially Dangerous” or “Vicious” Dogs: Do You Know the Difference, and Are You Properly Licensed & Insured?

Jun 21, 2018 | Written by: Robert C. Ward, Esq. |

New Jersey has laws that address “potentially dangerous” dogs and “vicious” dogs. The two types are different, and the status of each type of dog must be declared by a municipal court. 

Dog Owners: Are You Aware of Your Liability for Dog Bites?

Jun 14, 2018 | Written by: Robert C. Ward, Esq. |

Many residents are not aware that in New Jersey there is a law that places liability on a dog owner.  Specifically, if your dog bites a person on or in a public place, or if the bite occurs while the...

What Duties Do Commercial Landowners Have for Snow and Ice Removal?

Jan 31, 2018 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

New Jersey has been unseasonably cold this winter season, and winter is far from over.  Along with frigid temperatures comes the increasing presence of snow and ice. So, what duties do commercial...