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Settling a dog bite injury case

New York has its own laws regarding dog bites, but the following are some of the basic rules. First of all, canine professionals, including dog trainers, dog groomers and veterinarians, are not eligible for compensation because the risk of a bite comes with their job. Those who trespass on a property, provoke the dog, tease it or attack its owner cannot qualify if they are bitten.

However, apartment landlords, trailer park owners and owners of people-centered businesses like day care centers and elderly care facilities can be held liable if a dog under their supervision bites a resident or entrant. For an effective claim, it must be shown that the dog was dangerous. New York operates under the "one bite" rule, which means owners are not liable when a dog with no violent history bites someone for the first time.

Lawsuit filed against Amazon for alleged wrongful death

The family of a deceased man filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Amazon in the New York Supreme Court. The suit claims that Amazon acted negligently in providing disability compensation, which they allege led to his death. The 53-year-old former employee died in November 2016 at his home of a heart attack.

The deceased man was hired in 2015 to work for Amazon as a Senior Human Resource Business Analysis. In 2016, the man disclosed to human resources that he had HIV. The virus made it necessary for him to use the restroom often and to regularly change his clothes. Because of these issues, the man's doctor recommended that he work from home for several months until the symptoms were under control. Several weeks later, he slipped and fell in his shower at home, which caused an injury that made it work difficult. He then filed for short-term disability as a result of the injury. Amazon's short-term disability plan gives employees a leave of absence and continued benefits.

Business owners may be responsible for slips and falls at work

Small business owners in New York and across the nation are responsible for ensuring that their place of business is free from hazards that could result in customers slipping and falling. If a customer does happen to trip, slip or fall at the business, the customer could file a lawsuit against the owner of the small business. These claims generally fall under personal injury suits. It's important that small business owners understand how they could be at risk of lawsuits and what their legal responsibilities are should a slip or fall occur.

Premises liability claims are filed against a business owner if a slip or fall occurs. Premises liability requires the plaintiff to prove that the fall occurred due to "dangerous conditions" on the property. "Dangerous conditions" are defined as circumstances that present an unreasonable risk that is unanticipated. Because the term dangerous conditions may encompass many circumstances, liability is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Snowstorm hits NYC traffic hard

Snow hit the New York City region hard on Nov. 15, 2018, as several inches of winter precipitation created massive traffic jams on area bridges and streets. Tree branches across the city were felled by heavy snow, causing further traffic problems. As a result, local police warned residents to stay inside and avoid the roads. Nevertheless, the storm coincided with the evening rush-hour commute, and both drivers and public transit commuters filled the late afternoon and early evening streets.

Overcrowding temporarily closed the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as lines stretched outdoors and around the block. Many buses could not reach the terminal to drop off or pick up passengers due to being stuck in the inclement weather. Before the snow began to fall, NJ Transit warned of delays that would continue into the next day due to excessive overtime and ongoing delays in the system caused by the storm. Under federal law, bus drivers must take a mandatory rest period before beginning their next shift.

Families have rights when New York buses strike pedestrians

Working in transportation is not an easy job. Driving large vehicles, whether they are filled with products or people, can be scary and also very demanding. There is a lot that a professional driver has to take into account every day at their job, from road conditions to weather issues. For those who drive city buses in New York, there is also the stress of unpredictable behavior on the part of passengers.

In many ways, driving a New York City bus is a thankless job. It is also a job that could endanger countless people on the streets if the driver is not attentive and professional while working. City buses can and do strike and kill pedestrians in New York City. It happens with stunning frequency, and sometimes the drivers face criminal charges.

Bar shooting leads to death of 13 people

Some people in New York may have heard about a deadly shooting at a bar in California on Nov. 7. Witnesses say a man entered the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and began shooting. Police responded to the incident shortly before 11:30 p.m.

One officer entered the bar and was shot multiple times. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, one of 13 people who died. Another of the dead was the gunman, who apparently shot himself. Police said they did not know what the man's motive was and that the only weapon found on the scene was a handgun.

How to prevent dog bites

According to statistics, dog bites are a common cause of trips to the emergency room in New York and across America. In fact, about 4.5 million dog bites are reported each year in the United States. Experts say that liability claims involving bites are going up.

About 359,000 children were bitten by dogs between 2010 and 2012. Dog bites accounted for a third of all homeowner's insurance premises liability claims in 2017, with an average payout of $37,051.

Mediation possible between shooting victims and MGM Resorts

The mass shooting in October 2017 that claimed 58 lives horrified people in New York and nationwide. The tragedy in Las Vegas triggered numerous lawsuits from victims and their families who placed part of the blame for the killing spree on MGM Resorts International, the operator of Mandalay Bay. Current negotiations between MGM attorneys and representatives for victims appear to be leaning toward mediation instead of litigation.

When the lawsuits began pouring in against MGM after a shooter fired on the Route 91 concert, MGM pursued relief from liability in court. This moved reportedly angered victims.

Dozens injured when floor collapses during dance party

New York readers may be interested to learn that around 30 people were injured when a clubhouse floor collapsed in South Carolina in the early hours of Oct. 21. The accident took place during a private party near Clemson University.

Attendees were dancing on the first level of an apartment complex clubhouse at around 12:30 a.m. when a portion of the floor suddenly gave way, dumping dozens of people into the building's basement. Apparently, the incident occurred when a popular song started playing and a large crowd of people started jumping on the floor. A video posted on social media showed the moment the floor gave way.

Different kinds of accidents can lead to serious brain injuries

The human brain is a complex and intricate organ that keeps us alive and makes us who we are. Its folds and neurons encapsulate every piece of information we know, every experience we have had and every aspect of our personality.

Your brain is also responsible for motor function and regulating unconscious functions, including breathing and heartbeat regulation. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have a profound impact on the health and function of the individual who sustains such an injury. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, a TBI can have a wide range of medical effects on the body.

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