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.
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.
A judge has referred to mediation a lawsuit regarding an assault that occurred right after a 2015 game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. The plaintiff claims that he was assaulted at Dodger Stadium back and that his injuries could have partly been prevented had the area just outside the stadium gates been more well-lit and secure. In 2017, he filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Dodgers as well as two individuals, a 52-year-old woman and her son.
Slip-and-fall accidents are all too common in New York as elsewhere in the U.S. In these accidents, some of the most frequently cited injuries are ankle injuries. Injuries can be incurred to the bones, ligaments, tendons or synovium, which lines the joint encompassing the three bones of the ankle. The following is an overview of the different types of ankle injuries.
Music fans in New York and around the country may be saddened to learn that a stagehand lost his life on the morning of April 6 while setting up a stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The stagehand fell 60 feet to his death while climbing scaffolding on one of the festival's many sound stages. A representative from the Indio Police Department said that he was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 9:30 a.m.
For some New York small airports, premises liability coverage can be an important consideration. Property owners and even tenants can be held liable for injuries or other damages that occur as a result of negligence. Most companies doing business on airport property may be required to maintain such insurance as part of their contracts with the airport itself. In general, these contracts, part of the rental or purchase agreement with the airport, require tenants to carry liability insurance to cover costs that arise out of their own negligence.
New York businesses should be aware of premises liability law. Premises liability refers to the responsibility that owners and managers have for certain injuries that occur on their property. First of all, owners have a duty of care to all entrants (in some cases, even to trespassers) to provide a reasonably safe environment, and if they fail to do this through inadequate policies and procedures, they may face a lawsuit.
New York residents who fear roller coasters may feel vindicated after hearing about the recent accident in Las Vegas. On March 25, a woman who fell from the "El Loco" roller coaster in the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino was taken to a nearby hospital. The extent of her injuries has not been disclosed.
From gyms to water parks, there are many places in New York where members, customers or visitors are typically asked to sign a liability waiver. It's a step a retail or property owner often takes in an attempt to avoid legal responsibility should an injury occur. As for whether or not such waivers can hold up in court, the answer is, "it depends."
Every year in New York and across the U.S., thousands of people file lawsuits involving shopping-related injuries. These injuries normally result from slips, trips and falls in stores, malls and other retail establishments and tend to be minor. In serious cases, though, they may result in head and neck injuries, broken bones and sprains.