When consumers in New York go shopping, the last thing anyone would expect is to suffer severe injuries due to conditions in the store that are dangerous or unsafe. Unfortunately, it could happen to anyone in any store because not all property owners take due care to eliminate hazards that could harm customers. The prevalence is underscored by the many premises liability claims filed in New York courts.
Halloween is around the corner, and New York residents will likely have safety on their minds. Knowing that strangers will enter their properties, homeowners might be wise to make sure no hazards exist that could lead to premises liability claims. However, they might also be concerned about the safety of their children who will enter the properties of others who might not have taken due care to prevent injuries.
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.
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.
Property owners in New York must ensure safe premises for visitors. Owners of accommodation and hospitality facilities, shopping malls and other places that welcome public access must take reasonable steps to protect visitors from harm. Along with eliminating slip-and-fall hazards and making sure stairwells are brightly lit, security to prevent assaults and thefts is also the responsibility of property owners -- that is if they want to avoid facing premises liability lawsuits.
When stepping onto someone else's property in New York or elsewhere, whether for shopping, working or another purpose, one would expect it to be free of hazards that could cause personal injury. However, judging by the many premises liability lawsuits that are filed every year, not all property owners take proper care. A painter in a neighboring state recently filed such a claim against five individuals and entities deemed responsible.
When the dogs of their neighbors attack residents of New York or any other city, the victims will likely have questions about their legal rights. Answers can be obtained from an experienced premises liability attorney. One such a claim was recently filed in a neighboring state after a 76-year-old woman suffered severe injuries in an alleged dog attack.
In New York, the law recognizes the fact that children may not understand all the dangers they face as the natural process of growing up makes them explore enticing areas -- even if it they are on someone else's property. For this reason, property owners have a duty under the attractive nuisance doctrine, making them responsible for protecting potential young explorers from harm. Disregarding this responsibility might lead to a premises liability lawsuit.
If visitors to any public facility suffer injuries while on the premises, the property owners or tenants might be held responsible. Although it might be unheard of in New York, even a church can be named as a defendant in a premises liability lawsuit. Such a claim was recently filed in another state after a pastor allegedly injured a church-goer who has been a member of the congregation for 15 years.
Although it is the responsibility of store owners in New York and elsewhere to maintain their properties in a way that would not pose hazards to the public, allegations of violations of such duties must be substantiated appropriately to be valid. Not all premises liability lawsuits end in a way that benefits the plaintiff. A recent case involving a fall in a Walgreens store in another state did not go quite the way the plaintiff likely wanted.