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Blog Category: Personal Injury

Affidavit of Merit Not Needed for Vicarious Liability Claims Involving Unlicensed Employees

Apr 20, 2022 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

Lawsuits for injuries, wrongful death, and property damages caused by the malpractice or negligence of licensed professionals or professional entities require an Affidavit of Merit from a licensed...

NJ Supreme Court Reverses Appellate Decision on Employee Parking Lot Injury

Jan 31, 2022 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

Last February, I discussed the Appellate Division opinion Lapsley v. Township of Sparta, A0958-19T3 (App. Div. 2021), wherein a Township library employee was injured by a Township snowplow while...

Are Parents Responsible for Actions of Children’s Visiting Friends?

Jan 7, 2022 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

As a parent, do you often wonder what responsibility you have for your children’s friends when they visit your home?  What about when hosting a children’s birthday or holiday party?  The...

Can Accepting Responsibility for Drunk Driver Make You Liable for Accident?

Sep 9, 2021 | Written by: Sharon M. Flynn, Esq. |

On June 1, 2021, the Appellate Court held in Vladimir Diaz v. Herbert J. Reynoso that a volunteer who promised the police that he would take responsibility for an intoxicated driver could potentially...

“Timothy J. Piazza’s Law” Signed by Gov. Murphy

Aug 27, 2021 | Written by: Tracy B. Bussel, Esq. |

We have all heard stories about hazing at the hands of fraternities and sororities. Some of us have even experienced such while attending college. This conduct, however, not only affects college-age...

The Current State of Dog Bite Liability in New Jersey

Aug 25, 2021 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

Recently, the New Jersey Supreme Court analyzed the current state of a dog owner’s liability in Statute and Common Law for injuries to others from the bite of the owner’s dog.  Goldhagen v....

Is a Commercial Landowner Required to Remove Snow and Ice During a Storm?

Jun 14, 2021 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

The NJ Supreme Court has ruled that a commercial landowner is not required to shovel or remove snow and ice from walkways and parking lots during a storm while snow, sleet, or freezing rain is...

Answers to Legal Questions You May Have Thought About But Never Asked

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

1. Can I represent myself or a family member in a lawsuit? You may represent yourself in a lawsuit. You will be referred to as a pro se party. NJCourts.gov provides some guidance in this regard....

Are Liability Waivers Binding When Signed by Children’s Party Host?

May 24, 2021 | Written by: Jacob A. Papay, Jr., Esq. |

As many parents know, recreational establishments that cater to children’s group outings, such as skate parks, roller rinks, and amusement parks, may request the adult host of the children’s group...

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...