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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.

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.

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.

Preventing slips, trips and falls with floor maintenance

The owners of commercial facilities in New York may want to review what they have done to address the risk of slips, trips and falls on the property. Slips, trips and falls are the number one cause of workers' compensation claims with falls from the same level being the second most expensive workplace injury in general. These types of injuries also account for the most days taken off work.

How supermarket owners are keeping safety risks in check

Grocery store owners in New York are aware of the various dangers their property can pose to customers. Slip and trip hazards like liquids, food and even coupons on the floor are a great concern for many owners, so it is standard that owners regularly change out slip-resistant mats, ensure the right floor treatments and have employees mop up floors immediately after spills.

Pools may pose dangers to small children

Drowning is the top cause of unintentional death for children who are four-years-old or younger. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 363 children under 15 died annually because of drowning in a pool or spa between 2014 and 2016. Roughly 75% of those deaths were children who were younger than five-years-old. The CPSC says that June is the month when drownings or other submersion events are most likely to happen.

Parking lot safety tips for premises owners

Accidents that take place in parking lots in New York and around the country claim about 500 lives and injure more than 50,000 people each year according to the National Safety Council. This is a major concern for premises owners because they may be held legally responsible for preventable accidents that take place in parking lots and on sidewalks adjacent to their buildings. Property owners owe their workers and visitors a duty of care, and they can protect themselves against premises liability lawsuits by doing all that they reasonably can to see that this duty is met.

Hotel owners, bedbug prevention and premises liability

Most states do not have laws requiring hotel owners to maintain a bedbug-free environment. New York laws only address the issue of bedbugs in public schools. However, hotel owners still have a duty of care to their tenants, and keeping bedbugs out is implicit in that duty. This duty of care is crucial to the concept of premises liability. Therefore, hotel owners who wish to avoid premises liability claims will want to know what the duty encompasses.

Skateboarding injuries and liability

New York residents should know that skateboarding, being an inherently unsafe activity, is regulated by both state and local ordinances. They usually go under traffic laws but can also be included under health and safety codes, and they will likely be similar to those laws governing bicyclists and pedestrians.

Trampoline parks see more severe injuries than home trampolines

According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, an estimated 100,000 emergency department visits in 2014 were the result of trampoline injuries. Since then, recreational trampoline parks and jump parks have risen in popularity, and these may be contributing to an increase in injuries. New York residents should know that, contrary to what park promoters say, the relative safety of these parks has not been adequately gauged yet.

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