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Disabled Motor Vehicle Driver Found Not Liable To Police Officer Injured In The Course Of Pushing Her Car To Side Of Roadway

By on March 6, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff, Jean–Pierre Therrien, while on duty as a police officer, observed a disabled motor vehicle with its hazard lights activated, blocking a busy intersection.  Plaintiff spoke with the defendant driver Lynda Blow and learned that her vehicle had run out of gas.  While in the process of helping push her vehicle to the side of […]

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Residential Property Owner Found Not Liable for Plaintiff’s Injury Caused by Raised Public Sidewalk Slab Abutting Owner’s Home

By on February 7, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Carla Israel was walking on the sidewalk bordering the rear of the defendant’s home located in East Brunswick, New Jersey.  She fell as a result of an uneven slab of sidewalk and suffered an injury.  The issue in Israel v. Gross, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2538 (App. Div. December 12, 2019) was whether […]

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Owner of Commercial Property Does Not Owe Its Tenant’s Invitee Duty to Clear Snow and Ice from Property’s Driveway While Property in Sole Possession and Control of Tenant

By on January 31, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

In the published New Jersey Supreme Court decision of Shields v. Ramslee Motors, 2020 N.J. LEXIS 17 (2020), the Court was asked to decide whether the owner of a commercial property owed to its tenant’s invitee a duty to clear snow and ice from the property’s driveway while the property was in the sole possession […]

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Owner Of Motor Vehicle Not Liable For Accident When Driver Not Acting As Her Agent

By on January 24, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Giuseppe Scaturro was driving a motor vehicle with plaintiff Nelys Hernandez as a passenger when her vehicle was rear ended by the vehicle owned by defendant Ruth Otles. Otles was not in her vehicle at the time of the accident, which was being driven by Sen Turan.  The issue in Hernandez v. Otles, 2019 […]

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Premises Liability Case Dismissed Against Supermarket Due To Plaintiff’s Failure To Prove Constructive Notice of Spill

By on January 10, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff Beverly Jackson slipped and fell on a quarter size dollop of shampoo from a bottle that had just fallen from the shelf in the pharmacy department of the defendant supermarket.  Based upon video evidence, this shampoo had fallen on the ground three minutes before her fall.  In Jackson v. ShopRite of Ewing, 2019 […]

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Meeting the Verbal Threshold Requirement for an Automobile Accident Injury through Scarring or a Permanent Injury

By on November 8, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The Verbal Threshold is a threshold requirement set by the New Jersey Legislature for an individual to be compensated for bodily injuries suffered in an auto accident. The Verbal Threshold, or the Limitation on Lawsuit option, was created in an effort to reduce the cost of car insurance by limiting a person’s ability to sue […]

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Court Finds Contractor Not Responsible For Accidental Death Of Subcontractor’s Employee

By on November 1, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiffs Walter Friedauer and Robert Friedauer, as Executors of the Estate of Paul Friedauer, brought a wrongful death action against defendant Ashbritt Environmental Inc. (Ashbritt).  Ashbritt was the state’s prime contractor for the hurricane or other natural disaster debris recovery, remediation and disposal in Brick Township due to Hurricane Sandy.  Ashbritt had subcontracted some of […]

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Court Determines That Property Owner Can Be Held Liable For Fall on Slippery Floor Due To Prior Notice of Condition

By on October 25, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ella Jacob slipped on a hallway floor while working for her medical practice employer.  The office had been leased to her employer by the defendant Marlboro Gastroenterology, PC.  (“Marlboro”)  The issue in Jacob v. Marlboro Gastroenterology, P.C., 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2164 (App. Div. Oct. 23, 2019) was whether Marlboro could be held responsible […]

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University Found Potentially Liable To Roofing Contractor Who Was Injured When He Fell Off The Library Roof

By on October 11, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff, Sonny Cabrera, Jr., an employee of KB Electric Services Company, Inc. (“KB”), was changing lights on top of the University’s library when he fell off the roof because of a loose balustrade and suffered injuries.  The issue in Cabrera v. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2068 (App. Div. October 8, 2019), […]

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Appellate Division Finds That Homeowner May Be Responsible For Her Sister’s Fall Due to a Negligently Maintained Handrail

By on October 4, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Dawn O’Neill claimed to have suffered a serious injury when she fell down the exterior steps of her sister’s home due to a negligently maintained handrail.  The trial court had granted summary judgment to the defendants (plaintiff’s sister and her brother-in-law), determining that they did not breach any duty owed to plaintiff and that […]

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