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What business owners should know about premises liability

In New York, as in other states, business owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for their customers. If a customer slips and fall, they may be able to file a premises liability claim against the owner. Even when victims are not awarded damages, owners lose time, money and perhaps potential clients while defending themselves and their brands.

Investigation ordered into roller coaster accident

Amusement park rides in New York and around the country are regulated by state, rather than federal, authorities, and potentially dangerous attractions like roller coasters are generally inspected often to ensure that safety standards are being followed. However, even rigorous safety efforts are not always enough to prevent accidents and injuries. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which overseas amusement park rides in the Sunshine State, has announced that an investigation will be conducted into a roller coaster accident in Daytona Beach that injured seven riders.

Regulating safety on amusement park rides

New York is one of 44 states that regulate amusement parks. The states that have few or no amusement parks don't have any oversight. However, there are no federal regulations in place regarding amusement parks. Before 1981, they were regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, but this ended because of budget cuts.

Drug overdose death raises questions of premise liability

As the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives in New York and nationwide, people often try to hold parties accountable for overdose deaths. A supreme court in another state recently decided in favor of a landlord sued by the surviving family of an overdose victim on the basis of premises liability.

How to pursue a premises liabiltiy case

If a New York resident slips in a grocery store or trips while at a friend's house, major injuries could result. Those who have been hurt on another party's property may have the right to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. There are a variety of dangerous conditions, such as torn carpet, poor lighting or a cracked sidewalk, that could lead to a fall causing injury.

Considerations re government entities and premises liability

Property owners in New York City and across the state have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner so that third parties who come onto them are not injured. That is true of homeowners, shopping mall operators, retail store owners, amusement park owners and others.

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