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Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Sheraton hotel leads to lawsuit

Residents of New York should know that an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has led to Georgia health officials investigating some 75 cases of infection. Of these, 12 have been confirmed. The outbreak led to the death of one 49-year-old woman as well as a lawsuit from a 67-year-old photographer who covered a conference at the hotel. All of the victims either visited the hotel or stayed there.

On July 15, the hotel evacuated its guests and closed down. After a thorough cleaning, scrubbing and chlorination of the water distribution systems, it reopened on Aug. 15. Representatives of the hotel have extended their sympathy to the victims, but whether the hotel will accept responsibility for the injuries is another matter.

Tips to stay safe when walking in New York

Walking or running in New York can be a dangerous enterprise. Not only do you have to watch out for other pedestrians, but you may also have to dodge bike couriers and distracted or negligent drivers. One of the best ways you can protect yourself is to never assume that someone in or on a moving vehicle is going to put your safety first.

Fortunately, there are a few other things you can do to keep yourself safe the next you go for a walk or run. Here are a few safety tips to remember as a pedestrian.

Wayne Newton sued over injuries from alleged monkey attack

New York fans of longtime entertainer Wayne Newton might be interested to learn that a woman has filed a lawsuit against him over an alleged monkey attack that took place in his former Las Vegas home. The incident reportedly occurred in October 2017.

According to the complaint, which was filed in Nevada on Aug. 5, the woman and her teenage daughter were invited to tour Casa de Shenandoah, a former mansion of Newton's that was converted into a tourist attraction featuring a museum, gardens, horse stables and exotic animals. During the visit, one of Newton's pet monkeys allegedly attacked the teen and bit her, causing her to suffer unspecified injuries. The lawsuit claims the attack happened without provocation.

The various factors in slip-and-fall claims

Slip-and-fall claims in New York can arise due to many different reasons. What they all have in common is an accusation of negligence against the property owner and the claim that this negligence contributed to the injury of a lawful entrant. After all, property owners have a duty to keep guests, customers and employees reasonably safe.

One way in which owners might fail to uphold this duty is by having inadequate facilities. For example, the failure to replace dim lighting or properly store cords and cables could lead to trips. However, a victim must show that the owner had a sufficient amount of time to fix these issues.

Keeping attractive nuisances under control

Without being aware of it, many property owners in New York might have an attractive nuisance or two on their land. These objects draw in kids while also being potentially dangerous. A property owner could be liable if an accident happens, so it is helpful to know what attractive nuisances are and how to keep everyone safe and avoid issues.

An attractive nuisance is something that tempts a child and brings them onto a person's residence or property. It is possible for adults to anticipate when this might occur, so a property owner is expected to take precautions to limit the chances of an accident. Examples of these nuisances include swimming pools, stairs, machinery like lawnmowers or construction equipment, pathways, and animals.

Women injured at concert files suit against venue

On Aug. 8, 2016, at a concert in New York, a 24-year-old woman from Staten Island was violently struck by a beer bottle thrown by another concert attendee. She sustained a traumatic brain injury and reportedly suffers periodic seizures as a result, preventing her from completing medical school. Now, she is filing a lawsuit against Madison Square Garden, Live Nation, an employee and the rapper holding the concert.

The court documents state that the plaintiff was subjected to battery without just cause or provocation. The rapper, the venue and Live Nation were implicated for serving excessive amounts of alcohol at the concert and serving them in glass bottles instead of plastic cups. The documents also allege that in light of how crowded the venue was, there was inadequate security.

Know the law: Labor Law 240

When you work in construction, engineering or other similar fields, there's a likelihood that you'll work with scaffolding. Scaffolding helps you reach higher areas and complete work that might otherwise not have been possible.

The trouble with the use of scaffolding is that someone could fall or get hurt. Scaffolding has the potential to collapse, and people without the right gear could fall without any kind of protection against injury.

Determining liability in a dog bite case

Victims of dog bites in New York and across the country may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. Damages may be paid in one lump sum or as part of a structured settlement. Structured settlements may be tax-free while an individual may be liable for taxes when taking a lump sum award. Typically, a judge will need to approve any type of settlement before it becomes official.

Veterinarians, canine handlers and other professionals may not be entitled to compensation if they are bitten by a dog. Furthermore, those who tease a dog or are attacked by a dog that is defending its owner may not be allowed to seek a financial award. Those who were trespassing when they were bitten by a dog are also generally prohibited from pursuing a legal claim. The animal's owner is typically liable for paying damages to those who are allowed to pursue claims.

Possible gas explosion injures 21 at shopping center

New York residents may have heard that around 21 people were injured on July 6 at a shopping center in the city of Plantation, Fla., in what may have been a gas explosion. The roof of one section was blown off in the blast, and debris was sent out hundreds of yards, raining down on passers-by. People from miles away reportedly heard and felt the explosion.

The city's fire department received a call about the explosion just before 11:30 a.m. on the Saturday. An active gas leak was detected upon arrival at the scene, but whether this caused the explosion has yet to be determined. While 21 victims were accounted for, there may be more. Some of the victims left the scene, only to return later.

After appeal, woman who fell in grocery store granted new trial

In New York and across the U.S., property owners must ensure the safety of others. Issues such as a wet floor, hazardous condition and a lack of repair can cause injuries and even death. After an accident, those who were hurt have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing. However, in some cases, there is a dispute about evidence, making it necessary to appeal to higher courts.

A Pennsylvania woman who was injured when she fell in a grocery store was successful in her appeal and will receive a new trial. The woman slipped on a wet floor, aggravating previous injuries to her hip and back. When her attorney contacted the store to ask for the surveillance video, much of it had been overwritten.

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