People in New York have a general understanding that if they suffer an injury on private property, caused by negligence on the owner’s part, they have grounds for a lawsuit against that owner. It is even understood that a dog bite or attack also fits under a liability for the property owner, even if the dog somehow escaped from its yard. What is not so clear when it comes to premise liability is if the same statute can be applied to animals that escape and cause accidents.
It is the responsibility of a city to make sure that its roads, pathways and other public areas are maintained regularly. When cities and counties fail to do this, safety hazards arise, putting residents at risk of injury. Simple accidents like trips, falls and running into a protruding object, can give someone more than a bruise and a couple of scrapes. Improper road maintenance, for example, could cause someone to trip and pull muscles, dislocate limbs and create painful health issues that extend over a long period of time.
It is the responsibility of a New York business to protect its customers and guests from injury. This means that a business should be checking on a regular basis for any type of dangerous property condition such as items lying on the floor, overhanging obstacles or any other kind of unsafe situation. Slip-and-fall accidents can render victims with severe injuries that result in permanent damage, preventing them from working and enjoying the life they used to have. When this happens, one way that they can obtain compensation is by pursuing the business in a court of law.
It is the responsibility of dog owners to ensure that their pets pose no risk to the public, regardless of whether that pet owner resides in Manhattan or in some other locality. However, some pet owners choose to encourage the aggressiveness of their pet's breed or fail to ensure that the dogs are securely contained within a fenced yard. These acts on the part of negligent owners can lead to injury and even death for unsuspecting victims who may pass by the home or property.
Many college students in New York and around the country head to warmer climes in search of a fun-filled week during spring break. For one college student however, his spring break ended with a vicious and violent attack by a prison gang at a beach resort after he attempted to intervene on behalf of a young woman who was being harassed by the group. The man tried to calmly intervene by politely requesting the group stop harassing the young woman. The group apparently did not take kindly to the man's interference and turned its attention toward him.
After 3 years of litigation, the former owners of a Perkins Restaurant agreed to a $1.9 million settlement of a personal injury case with a 32-year-old man from Newton, New Jersey who sustained injuries in a slip-and-fall accident in the restaurant's parking lot in 2007. According to a press release from Morris, Downing and Sherred, the victim slipped on an untreated patch of ice near a storm drain in an unlit area of the restaurant's parking lot. He suffered shoulder and spine injuries in the fall, and consequently had to pay over $250,000 in medical fees out-of-pocket to treat his injuries.
With the onset of winter rapidly approaching, New York City residents need know two things: how to avoid slip-and-fall accidents, and how to hold responsible parties accountable if they do happen. Considering that, as New Yorkers, we walk everywhere, the likelihood of a personal injury from a slip-and-fall accident is greater here than outside the city, although people there are at risk too. Here are some tips to help you avoid a slip-and-fall accident this winter.
When buying toys for children, one of the main concerns for parents is that the toys will be filled with lead. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to lower the level of lead in toys, furniture and any other items that are intended for use by children under the age of 12.
Remember that case where a woman sued McDonald after she was severely burned when the coffee she had just purchased at a McDonald’s drive-through spilled on her and she suffered serious burns to her thighs, buttocks and groin and was awarded $2.86 Million by a jury?