Archives for May 2017

Tips for Choosing Safe Toys

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In an earlier blog, we told you about toys to avoid, toys that pose a serious risk of injury to your child. Here are some ways that you can minimize the risk that your child will be hurt by a toy.

  • Read the label before you buy a toy—Find out what the toy is made from and where it’s made. You’re usually better off buying something locally made, as opposed to something built in China or Japan.
  • Choose toys that are made of more natural substances—Wooden toys with no finish or cloth toys are usually safer than plastics or metal toys.
  • Be willing to spend a little more for better quality—More often than not, the more expensive toys are less likely to break, have fewer small parts, and will last a lot longer.
  • Avoid kids’ jewelry and cosmetics—You don’t know what kinds of chemicals are in a kid’s cosmetic kit. In addition, children’s “jewelry” tends to have lots of small pieces that can present choking hazards. Kids’ jewelry can also have high levels of lead
  • Check out reports on a toy before you buy it—HealthyToys.org maintains a database that can help you determine any potential risks with a toy.
  • You can also sign up to receive recall alerts from the Consumer Product Safety Commission—Visit the CPSC website for more information.

At the law firm of Fritz & Bianculli LLC, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.

Social Host Liability in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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In every state, there are laws that govern the responsibility of individuals who serve alcohol to persons who subsequently cause injury to others. When the server is a bar, tavern, restaurant or employee thereof, the legal basis for a lawsuit is generally referred to as dram shop liability. However, when the person serving the intoxicating beverages is a private individual, at a party, dinner or other private event, the term used to describe legal responsibility is “social host liability.”

Social Host Liability in Pennsylvania

Unlike many states, Pennsylvania has a fairly restricted application of social host liability. A private individual will only be legally responsible under a theory of social host liability in Pennsylvania if the person served was a minor. It has long been the rule in Pennsylvania that social hosts have no legal liability for the actions of adults to whom they have served beer, wine or liquor.

Social Host Liability in New Jersey

In New Jersey, social hosts may have liability for the wrongful acts of persons to whom they served alcoholic beverages. The New Jersey statute requires that the person to whom alcoholic beverages was served was “visibly intoxicated.” The law also restricts application to injuries caused by the negligent operation of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Judicial opinions in New Jersey have extended liability to situations where guest self-served, as well as to beverages brought by other guests.

Contact Fritz & Bianculli LLC

At the law firm of Fritz & Bianculli LLC, we have over 30 years of collective experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.