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Blog Category: Personal Injury

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. 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...

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In a recently unpublished case, the NJ Superior Court’s Appellate Division applied the holding in Pareja to a private homeowner.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.