Some people in New York might have heard about an accident involving a waterslide that decapitated a 10-year-old boy in 2016. The accident, which happened in Kansas City, occurred when the boy's raft flew into the air and slammed into a hoop that was holding up safety netting. The boy was the son of a Kansas state legislator, and his death has prompted stricter ride inspection laws in the state.
There are a variety of slip-and-fall claims that an individual in New York or elsewhere may try to pursue. Those who fall on an elevator or a motorized walkway could claim that negligence occurred because an equipment failure caused them to fall. When there isn't enough lighting in a building or there are objects on the floor, a person may claim that an inadequate facility caused their injuries.
A Canadian tennis player has reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association after she slipped and fell at the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament that took place at the Billie Jean National Tennis Center in New York City. Eugenie Bouchard, who was once ranked among the top five tennis players in the world, slipped and fell on a wet locker room floor, leading to a head injury that prevented her from playing the rest of the season.
Residents of New York, especially those who live in a homeowner association, may wonder how an HOA could potentially enter into a premises liability case. This issue came up in a recent civil case involving an incident that took place in a Las Vegas HOA.
Property owners are just one type of party who can be accused of negligence under the personal injury laws. In New York and across the U.S., those who are injured on others' property can file lawsuits in the effort to receive compensatory damages and so cover expenses like medical care. Whether they slipped on a wet floor, fell down some broken stairs, or were hit by a falling object, they must prove several things before moving on with a case.
In New York and across the U.S., people are injured all the time in unsafe buildings. While many individuals invite the injury through their own unreasonable actions, others are the victims of owners who neglect their duty of care. When the owner is negligent, the entrant could have the grounds to file a premises liability claim.
The owner could be liable if a customer slips and falls or is otherwise injured while patronizing a New York laundromat. These establishments can sometimes be a surprisingly dangerous place for customers, and it is the responsibility of a laundromat's owners and management to put safety policies in place that prevent accidents and injuries. Like other businesses open to the public, laundromats can have liability for accidents that occur on their property.
When New Yorkers board a commercial vessel, they expect it to be well-maintained and safe. However, that is not always the case. For example, a boat shuttle for a Florida casino caught fire on Jan. 14, forcing passengers to escape the flames by leaping into the cold water. One of the passengers later died.
One common type of premises liability law suit is the slip and fall. This is when someone is on another person's or company's property and they slip, trip, or otherwise fall down due to dangerous conditions on the premises. A typical slip and fall is a customer walking through a grocery store only to walk down an aisle with a spilled liquid on it. They unknowingly step in the liquid and slip and fall, suffering serious injuries in the process.
As we speed toward the holiday season, it is wise to consider some of the hazards that come with winter weather so that you can avoid injury. While poorly maintained public areas are always a hazard, they pose far greater risk to pedestrians when combined with winter weather elements like snow and ice.