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The risks of premises liability while visiting a New York hotel

Attending a conference or a public occasion at a New York facility could turn out to be a nightmare if the venue owner or manager fails to take due care to prevent guests' injuries or illnesses. If a conference attendee or visitor to a trade show suffers any harm during his or her stay, there might be grounds for a premises liability lawsuit. While there is an endless list of things that could go wrong, a few common hazards exist in the hospitality industry.

Trusts and wills are best drafted with experienced legal counsel

While many New York residents fail to establish estate plans, those who do often make unintentional mistakes. Drafting a will and creating trusts are best done with the guidance of experienced legal counsel. One of the biggest mistakes is neglecting to review estate plans at regular intervals to ensure life events, such as deaths, births, marriages and divorces, are reflected and that the necessary modifications are made to keep it current.

Car accidents: Attempted U-turn puts car in path of motorcycle

Motorcycle riders in New York often put their lives on the line when they take to the roads. Bikers typically suffer severe injuries in motorcycle vs. car accidents. This is because they have none of the protection that automobile occupants have.

Asking the necessary questions might prevent medical malpractice

In New York and elsewhere, the time leading up to a surgical procedure is usually stressful. Regardless of the reason for surgery, there will always be risks of failure and anxiety about the consequences of failure or errors. Patients who are scheduled to undergo surgery are advised to ask some pertinent questions -- not only to be prepared but also to protect their rights in the event of surgical errors, negligence or another type of medical malpractice.

Even some celebrities neglect to prepare wills or trusts

A survey by a senior care resources company recently indicated that more than half of the adults nationwide, including in New York, have not done estate planning. This means that many people die without wills, one of which was the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Despite knowing that she had a severe illness, she failed to make sure that her affairs were in order before her death. For many people, acknowledging their mortality is too emotional.

Premises liability claims might follow shooting outside bar

Owners of bars or other facilities in New York must ensure that their property is free of hazards that could harm customers. By law, all foreseeable or known dangers must be eliminated to keep customers and employees safe -- even when it comes to risks of shootings, stabbings and other violent crimes. If anyone suffers injuries due to owner negligence, victims might have grounds to file premises liability claims.

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