Many New York households include dogs that are often viewed as treasured family members. Despite the affection shown dogs by their owners, they have the potential to impose liability for injuries when they bite people. Roughly one-third of homeowner's liability insurance claims arise from dog bite injuries. The Insurance Information Institute has determined that the average settlement totaled $37,051 in 2017. Dog bit insurance claims went up by 2.2 percent that year and costs rose by over 11 percent.
International visitors flock to tourist attractions in New York every day. A recent lawsuit filed by a Guatemalan family highlights the issue of tourist venues providing safety warnings to people in languages other than English. Universal Orlando Resort is the target of a lawsuit that assigns liability for a man's heart attack to the resort operator because it failed to display warning signs in Spanish.
Property owners in New York are supposed to maintain a safe environment for their employees, their customers and other lawful entrants. The failure to do so is called property negligence, and it could range from the failure to uphold reasonable standards for care and upkeep to the failure to address hazardous conditions. Owners may be guilty of negligence if they do not meet building codes, public safety laws and generally accepted business practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.