Property owners in New York, and elsewhere, have a responsibility to ensure people’s safety when they are on their premises. This includes maintaining their buildings, elevators and sidewalks to ensure that dangerous conditions do not exist. Failing to do so could contribute to causing accidents, which may result in serious injuries or death.
In general, property owners in New York, and elsewhere, have a responsibility to ensure there are not dangerous conditions on their properties. Should you be injured due to the negligence and unsafe state of a property, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you were not on the property lawfully, however, you may not have grounds to take legal action.
Inclement weather in New York City, and throughout the state, may make the sidewalks a dangerous place for you, and others. This is particularly true during the winter months when rain, sleet and snow can make the sidewalks slick and slippery, which may lead to slip-and-fall accidents. At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we are frequently asked who is responsible when a person falls and injures him or herself on a sidewalk. As such, this post will provide an overview of the city’s sidewalk rules.
For people who live in, work in or visit New York City; the city's streets, businesses and public areas as full of potential slip, trip and fall hazards. Many people may be surprised to learn that, annually, more people in the U.S. visit hospital emergency rooms to treat injuries suffered in slip-and-fall accidents than from any other type of accident. For an estimated 17,000 people, injuries suffered as a result of a trip or slip and fall prove to be fatal.
According to New York City's Department of City Planning, as of 2014, the city boasted a population of nearly 8.5 million. Located on a small island, city planners and developers have been forced to build up to accommodate the millions who call one of the city's five boroughs home.
Persons and companies that own and manage properties have a good-faith duty imposed on them to reasonably inspect and maintain those premises in good working order, so that guests, visitors and other persons entitled to be onsite are safe and not unreasonably subjected to injury.
Though summer has arrived in New York City, as all residents know, winter is only a few months away. While it can be lovely and some area residents enjoy the season, it brings with it certain dangers including cold and snow. When snow isn’t properly removed from sidewalks, parking lots and roads, the outcome can be disastrous.
About 55,000 people who lived in fume-filled trailer homes in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will share in a $37.5 million dollar settlement from the companies that built them. The so-called FEMA trailers used formaldehyde-based insulation and glues that often made the occupants sick. The prefabricated homes were used in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.
As workers were trying to "move part of a structure," it gave way and collapsed on a man, 64, according to a coroner's report.
New York residents probably remember hearing about the Dec. 14 elevator accident that claimed the life of a 41-year-old advertising executive. She was killed in horrific fashion when the elevator she was trying to board shot up suddenly, ending her life in tragic and dramatic manner.