Construction work and maintenance is an everyday occurrence in any large city, but our state seems to have more of these projects that anywhere else. While it is necessary, there is still danger when they are ongoing. Many issues can lead to a dangerous situation and people might be seriously injured and lose their lives because of lapses in safety or the failure to address known issues. People who have been affected by falling objects, dangerous property conditions or other examples of violations related to premises liability should know how to recover compensation in a lawsuit.
When people think about injuries due to premises liability in New York, one of the most common issues is if a property owner has failed to maintain a safe area as required by law. When there are broken sidewalks, uneven pavement, dangerous objects on the property and other factors, it can cause people to fall and become injured. These injuries can result in medical costs and long-term injuries. After a fall, it is imperative to know how to attempt to recover compensation from the property owner for all that was lost.
In New York, large buildings will usually have elevators. This is for convenience and to allow those who are older, disabled or are unable to walk up many stairs to get to the upper floors. While this is a benefit, there are dangers with using an elevator and most people do not think about them. The company that installs and maintains elevators and the building owners are responsible for making sure elevators are safe. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and people can be injured and even lose their lives.
People in New York may think that now that summer is here and wintertime ice and snow are a thing of the past, that people generally won't suffer a slip-and-fall accident outdoors. However, it is entirely possible to encounter outdoor conditions leading to a slip-and-fall accident even in the summertime. Therefore, it is important to know who may be held responsible for a slip-and-fall accident, should the accident victim choose to pursue a premises liability claim.
The winter often brings snow to New York City and this can place people in danger of being involved in a slip and fall accident and suffering significant injuries. It is a general question as to who is responsible and what the property owners were supposed to do to clear the snow and when they were supposed to do it. Snow and icy sidewalks can place people in danger and if there was a slip and fall incident, it is important to understand that a legal filing is possible to be compensated.
People who work construction in New York are a common part of the city landscape. They serve an important function in building and maintaining structures and, for the most part, do their jobs safely while adhering to the law. However, it is a reality that the jobs these people do can be dangerous to them and to people in the vicinity. When people are involved in construction and suffer head injuries, back injuries, or other damages and are hurt or lose their lives, it is imperative for the family to understand the steps to take to seek compensation in a lawsuit.
With the end of summer and autumn just beginning, it will not be long before New Yorkers are getting out their snow shovels and winter gear to deal with cold weather. And, with cold weather comes the risk of slipping and falling due to ice. Though, at first glance, a person slipping and falling might not be viewed as significantly dangerous, but it can lead to broken bones, cuts, head injuries and spinal cord injuries. It can even result in death. However, it is a property owner's responsibility to keep the area safe for those walking on it.
Negligence cases involving car accidents are well known. However, falls or slip-and-fall accidents are even more prevalent but seemingly go unnoticed. After car crashes, falling is the second leading cause of death by injury in this country and causes 32,000 deaths each year.
Since 2003, the City of New York holds property owners responsible for injuries caused by unsafe sidewalk conditions, such as improperly maintained or icy sidewalks. This law is intended to protect the City from liability for injuries caused by a property owner's failure to keep the sidewalks in good condition.
A tourist from the United Kingdom received an unwelcome and dangerous surprise when she suffered head injuries after an object fell out of the sky and crashed into her earlier this month in Tribeca. The debris fell off a residential building in an accident that the Department of Buildings said was preventable.