Many New York residents have likely gone on zip line rides at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, these amusement rides aren't always safe.
People who take part in contests in New York and across the United States might think it is all in fun. However, in some of these situations, people are using potentially dangerous objects and participating in stunts that could cause injury or a fatality. The risk is evident in an incident in which a woman severely cut her hand during a pumpkin carving contest.
Towering 169 feet high, or approximately 17 stories, the Verrückt water slide at Schlitterbahn Water Park was the tallest water slide in the world. After opening in July 2014, the slide became the site of a fatal accident in August 2016. A 10-year-old boy went down the nearly vertical chute, became airborne, hit a metal pole supporting the safety net and was decapitated. New York residents should know that the park has been closed and the slide demolished.
The owners, operators and lessors of airports in New York will want to make sure they have premises liability coverage. This can provide protection in the event of bodily injury or property damage on the airport or the section of it that they occupy.
New York business owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe for customers, other visitors and even trespassers in some cases. This is true whether the space is owned or rented by the operator of the business. If an individual suffers injury due to a slip-and-fall accident that happens on another's property, he or she might have claims for damages. Among the conditions that can give support to a personal injury claim are wet floors, bad lighting, torn carpets and crowded walkways.
Halloween poses three insurance risks for homeowners in New York. First, there is the risk of becoming the victim of vandalism or burglary. Of all the Halloween-related property damage claims that are filed, an average of 19% are for vandalism while 21% are for off-premises theft and 60% are for on-premises theft.
Shoppers at retail locations in New York and throughout the country generally expect a level of safety and security while on the premises. A lawsuit filed against Walmart may clarify the specific steps that an establishment is supposed to take to keep its patrons safe. The lawsuit was filed after a shooting at a Walmart store on Aug. 3 in El Paso, and the victims claim that the company was negligent because it had no armed security personnel at the time the shooting happened.
If you lose a loved one to another's negligence in New York, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. While your family will naturally be grieving, you should know that the statute of limitations in this state is two years from the date of death. It is especially important that families try to file a wrongful death suit when the decedent was their primary financial provider.
Those in New York who have closely followed the El Paso Walmart shooting may be interested to hear that a couple has filed what is believed to be the first lawsuit regarding the incident. The couple claims that Walmart's lack of security measures was a factor in the August 2019 massacre that left 22 dead.
New York residents should know that August 2019 has been a bad month for dog bite claims in some states. These claims cost insurance companies millions of dollars every year. In 2018, for example, State Farm paid out $123 million for 3,280 dog bite claims. With some 89.7 million dogs living in the U.S., dog bites are bound to happen.