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Many floors fail to meet slip-resistance standards

Building owners and landlords in New Jersey and around the country could do more to protect their visitors from slips and falls according to a study from CNA. The Virginia-based risk assessment and management firm studied slip and fall liability claims filed between 2010 and 2016, and it found that floors with low slip-resistance ratings were often involved. The American National Standards Institute has set a minimum dynamic coefficient of friction rating of .42 for flooring materials, but the floors in half of the sites studied by CNA failed to meet this standard.

Ankle injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents

One of the many possible results of a slip-and-fall accident is an ankle injury. These injuries, which may vary in degree of severity, can cause mobility issues and significant pain. A New Jersey resident dealing with ankle injuries caused by the negligence of another party may have a basis for a personal injury lawsuit.

Amusement park accidents and liability

Manufacturers of equipment used in amusement parks in New Jersey and throughout the country carry insurance policies to protect them in case someone is injured on a ride. While these types of accidents are not common, they can be costly for the park and manufacturer and serious for the injured person.

You're not clumsy - the property was unsafe

Imagine walking into the local supermarket to pick up a few items. As you head toward the dairy aisle, you suddenly find yourself on the ground. Instead of standing up, brushing yourself off, and quickly moving away in embarrassment, look around and assess the situation. Your fall may not have occurred due to clumsiness. It may have been caused by a wet floor, a loose tile or a badly placed product display.

Getting hurt in a friend's home

When New Jersey residents visit friends and relatives, getting injured is usually the last thing they like to think about. However, accidents can happen and sometimes the consequences can be severe. In fact, hazards can be present even if there doesn't appear to be a dangerous property condition, though accidents might be more likely in such circumstances.

Summer amusement park accidents

New Jersey residents may have heard about some of the amusement park accidents that have occurred this summer. The fatal accident at Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City has made big headlines, and authorities are still investigating why a 10-year-old boy died on the world's tallest water slide. In another amusement park accident, a 6-year-old boy sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee. These accidents occur at amusement parks all the time, though they may not always make the news.

Premises liability lawsuits and business owners

Business owners in New Jersey and around the country are expected to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their facilities are safe for both workers and visitors. Employees will usually file workers' compensation claims if they are injured while on the job, but vendors, customers, and even trespassers may sue. While liability insurance will generally cover the damages awarded in lawsuits filed by visitors, business owners could greatly reduce their chances of facing litigation by putting effective safety policies into place.

Avoiding drowning deaths in New Jersey

Regardless of an individual's swimming ability, he or she may still be at risk for drowning. In many cases, an individual is inebriated at the time of drowning, and more adults than children drown each year. However, the fact remains that 20 percent of drowning victims each year are younger than 14.

Who is liable for swimming pool accidents?

While backyard swimming pools are fun, they are also a leading cause of injuries. Owning a pool comes with considerable responsibility, too, as the owner can be held responsible for any deaths or injuries that take place in and around the pool, even if the victims were trespassers. In 2015 alone, 202 children drowned in swimming pools in the United States. If you or your child has been injured in a neighbor's swimming pool, then the owner may face liability for the harm you or your child suffered.

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