Holiday time in New York is festive with lots of parties and dinners with family and friends. But on any occasion, any time of the year, or for any reason another person enters a home, the homeowner is exposed to some degree of liability. If for any reason property in the home is damaged or one of the people visiting the home sustains an injury, there can be problems, even between the best of friends. However, there are some common sense guidelines a homeowner can follow to both minimize the risks and to be prepared to know what to do should an incident occur.
New York residents may be interested in knowing that the second week of April is recognized as Dog Bite Prevention Week every year. Every year, around 4.5 million dog bites are reported. Around 20 percent of these dog bite cases require emergency room treatment.
In New York, as in other states, homeowners have a duty to keep entrants from harm while on their property. The extent of this duty, of course, varies depending on the status of the entrant. This status can, consequently, affect the chances that an injured entrant has of recovering damages in a premises liability case.
New York residents are no doubt aware that commercial properties, even supermarkets, can sometimes pose dangerous conditions for entrants. When a lawful entrant is injured through no fault of his or her own, then there may be grounds for a premises liability claim.
Premises liability is an area of concern for any New York commercial property owner. To the extent possible, most leasing contracts between the owner and the tenant seek to place the burden for liability on the tenant as the one who likely has more control over the safety of the premises. However, an injured plaintiff can, and often does, include multiple parties as defendants. For a variety of reasons, the landlord is often included, but there are several ways for a property owner to reduce the risk of exposure in a premises liability lawsuit.
Residents of New York should know that if they slip, trip or fall on a small business property, they may be able to hold the owner liable for their injuries. According to premises liability law, owners have a duty to prevent any dangerous conditions from arising on the property. If they are aware of a dangerous condition, then they must address it in a reasonable amount of time.
If a person gets hurt after slipping, tripping or falling on a premises owned by another person or entity, they may file a premises liability lawsuit. This is generally true whether the accident occurs in New York or anywhere else in the country. The person who files a lawsuit must generally show that the property's owner was negligent in allowing the injury to happen. There are many ways in which an individual may be able to prove their claim against a property owner.
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.