New York City is home to some truly terrifying haunted house experiences this time of year. For many New Yorkers, it's just not Halloween unless you pay to get your wits scared out of you by human or electronic monsters, ghosts and various undead creatures.
Sometimes, you can't walk more than a few blocks in New York City without encountering a construction site. While it may not seem like it, companies doing construction have to adhere to safety regulations intended to help keep pedestrians, bicyclists and other passers-by safe near a site. Even with those regulations, pedestrians have been injured and killed by falling objects, equipment, tripping or slipping hazards and more.
As people get in to their senior years, their chances of falling typically increase. Their agility and balance aren't what they used to be. Neither is their eyesight, so it can be easier to overlook a stray extension cord or a buckle in the carpet. Further, seniors are more likely to be taking medications that can impact their cognitive skills.
You decided that you wanted to experience New York City like a local rather than stay in one of the city's many fine hotels. You booked a loft in SoHo or maybe a little apartment in Williamsburg.
Fire escapes have been part of the landscape of New York City since the mid-19th century. Even people who've never been to New York have seen them playing memorable "roles" in classic films including West Side Story and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
It doesn't matter whether one is talking about a home or a storefront. There's one common concern that applies no matter what building it is: how to make an entryway safer.
Does your child make a beeline for a friend's house down the street after school every day because they have a trampoline in the backyard or a treehouse built in one of their enormous oak trees? Even if you've inspected a neighbor's backyard play equipment, it appears safe and they've assured you that they never let the kids play unsupervised, there are no guarantees when your child is at someone else's home.
When you were a child, it may have been fun to fall into or out of something, like a pool or a tree. But falls are serious for everyone, especially adults who do not heal as quickly as younger people. Even a modest tumble can result in serious problems or even a permanent disability.
If you trip on your own furniture in your own home, it's hard to deny that you made a mistake. You picked where to live, you chose the furniture and you put it where it is. But what if you get hurt on someone else's property? Who is to blame?
If you have to ask what a slip-and-fall lawsuit is, you may be in a bad spot because of an accident that was someone else's fault. Although we often go through life affected by other people's actions, they may be on the hook for the consequences if those actions probably led to injury or death.