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.
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.
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.
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.
While Halloween can be fun for the children, it can raise a lot of safety concerns for homeowners in New York. Inviting trick-or-treaters to one's home brings with it the responsibility to keep them safe. Homeowners should keep their pathways well-lit and provide warnings for slippery steps and other hazards. Slips and falls are all too common on properties.
In New York, as in many states, there are laws that prohibit skateboarding in specific areas, because it is a nuisance or because it is dangerous. Over 25,000 people go to emergency rooms nationwide each year with injuries related to skateboarding, and almost three-fifths of the injuries are to people under the age of 15. In many cases, the owner of the property on which the injury occurred may be liable for damages. This is part of the reason state and local governments pass laws prohibiting skateboarding; they may be liable for injuries on public property.
New York business owners should be especially aware of fall hazards on their premises as the weather gets colder. The months during which the most slips and falls are recorded in the U.S. are December, January and February. As the weather chills, ice and snow can gather on sidewalks and other areas where people move. People who are injured due to a slip and fall might be able to recover compensation under the theory of premises liability.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics has stated that 1 in 10 property crimes take place in parking lots and parking garages. Therefore, New York residents will want to consider the following tips the next time they leave their cars in parking lots or garages. It all begins with people being aware and going with their instincts when they sense that something is wrong.
Negligence is the failure to act according to the standards that a reasonable person can expect to be met in a given situation. In a case of property negligence in New York, as in any other state, it is the property owner who is charged with failing to live up to the standard. Failure to maintain the property is often the factor behind cases of punishable negligence.
When customers in New York go to the supermarket, the last thing they expect to come home with is an injury. However, going shopping can be riskier than some people expect. Because the shelves are full of slippery produce, breakable jars and liquid-filled bottles, spills are an all-too-common occurrence. And when the floors are slippery as a result, customers can easily slip and fall, causing serious injuries in many cases. Argo Group, an insurer for grocery stores, has noted that most accidents in these kinds of retail stores are caused by spills or other obstacles.