New Yorkers should feel safe in their homes. Sadly, though, this often isn't the case. While violence in the city is always a concern, so, too, are silent dangers that can cause serious injuries and death. One of these extremely hazardous risks is lead exposure. Even though lead has been banned for decades, many older building throughout New York contain lead-based paint, which can chip and become airborne.
Property owners must keep their premises safe for those they invite onto their property. This often means that the property owner, which may include a grocery store or hospital, must take reasonable steps to ascertain and remedy hazardous conditions. Oftentimes slip and fall accidents that leave victims injured lead to premises liability cases because the property owner failed to take the appropriate steps to prevent harm to invitees. While no protections are generally afforded to trespassers, there is one major exception that can lead to legal action.
Far too many drivers continue to take to the streets while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These motorists' suffer from diminished driving capacity, including slowed reaction time, poor judgment, and an inability to multitask. They usually have trouble maintaining their lane and a consistent speed. One or any combination of these impairments can lead to a serious car accident. Sadly, many innocent individuals suffer serious injuries as a result of these avoidable crashes.
Merely stepping onto the property of another should not be a frightening event. This is especially true when an individual has been invited onto the property in question, such as when he or she is a customer in a store or he or she is invited to someone's house for a social gathering. Yet, far too often, property owners fail to adequately maintain the safety of their premises. This failure can result in serious injuries and deaths to unsuspecting individuals.
Last time, we mentioned the importance for businesses of managing liabilities for premises liability claims. These include not only slip and fall type cases, but also other premises liability claims, including those involving violent crime, wrongful prevention of theft, food poisoning and accidents which occur on construction sites.
For business, managing liabilities is critical for ensuring ongoing success of the enterprise, and this includes managing liabilities stemming from accidents occurring on business property. In order to avoid liability, it is important to have a clear understanding of how premises liability may attach to a business here in the state of New York. For those who are harmed understanding the law is important for assessing whether litigation is a valid possibility.
Sidewalks are a crucial feature of nearly any urban landscape, and most places in New York are no exception. In general, sidewalks provide a safe environment for pedestrians to travel to and from bus stops, schools and even places of work. When the safety of these sidewalks are compromised or regular maintenance falls to the wayside, injured citizens often have the ability to obtain just compensation for serious slip-and-fall accidents.
To residents and workers in New York City, taking an elevator is likely an everyday occurrence. In fact, most people don't even think twice before entering an elevator car and taking it to their desired floor. However, when news of a deadly elevator accident breaks, it gives city residents pause to consider the safety of the elevators in which they ride on a daily basis.
Many New York residents know that injuries may occur in a retail establishment or a residence. When this happens, the renter, property owner, home or business owner may be held responsible. Anyone who enters a property has a reasonable expectation the property will be safe and free from danger. If not, the individual whose responsibility it is to maintain the property may be held liable for the financial loss the injured victim suffered.
Injuries from slips and falls due to snow and ice can often be severe and result in disabling permanent injuries. Snow and ice on sidewalks, walkways, and parking lots, not properly removed or treated, may result in liability to the property owner and possibly the contractor hired to clear the snow and ice.