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Preventing premises liability can start with the architect

The aim of each New York architect should be to design and plan safe buildings. While premises liability might be the last thing on an architect's mind, he or she, along with any other parties associated with the construction project, could face claims for monetary damages by anyone who suffers serious injuries in a building. Any architect who wants to maintain a good reputation and integrity while also protecting everybody who will enter the building will consider all the known potential hazards in the design of the structure.

Premises liability claim follows fire escape collapse

A Binghamton news anchor claims had a near-death experience in the village of Johnson City in mid-September. After an extended period of recuperation, he has now filed a premises liability lawsuit against the Town of Union in upstate New York. The incident involved the collapse of a section of a fire escape.

Premises liability: Helicopter rescue leads to negligence claim

Cities in the state of New York and across the country could face civil lawsuits if they are accused of negligence. Premises liability claims typically involve pedestrians injured in slip-and-fall accidents due to damaged sidewalks and pavements, most frequently during the winter, when snow and ice pose hazards. From time to time, cities are held responsible for unusual occurrences, such as the case of an insane June helicopter rescue in another state.

Premises liability claim follows injury at music festival

Planning to attend a music and arts festival in New York? Beware of potential safety hazards, such as those that sent a 24-year-old woman to a hospital earlier this year. When she went to a music and arts festival in another state, she surely didn't expect to suffer a fractured skull and traumatic brain injuries before the night was over. Being the plaintiff in a premises liability lawsuit would likely also never had crossed her mind.

Hotel faces premises liability suit after birthday dinner

When people in New York and other states go to celebrate birthdays in hotels or restaurants, the last thing they expect would likely be to land up in a hospital. A woman in another state who went out to enjoy a birthday dinner claims the celebration turned into a nightmare when she drank water that contained liquid nitrogen. The hotel where this incident happened is now facing a premises liability lawsuit.

Premises liability: Can you sue for schoolyard injuries?

Children of all ages can suffer injuries on the playground or other areas at their schools. New York schools typically require parents to sign liability waivers at the start of each school year to avoid facing premises liability lawsuits. However, not all waivers are enforceable, and a court may deem waivers invalid if specific criteria are not met. Waivers must be explicit and unambiguous and printed clearly instead of in small print in inconspicuous places on the documents.

Premises liability: What to do after a slip-and-fall accident

A slip-and-fall accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Under New York laws, if this occurs as the result of a property owner's negligence, the victim might have grounds to recover financial and emotional damages. However, there are crucial steps to take immediately after such an incident to avoid jeopardizing a successful premises liability lawsuit in which fault will have to be shown.

Premises liability claims can follow carbon monoxide poisoning

Improper installation or manufacturing defects in heating appliances have caused carbon monoxide poisoning in many New York residents. When this happens, the owner of the property or the business or person who installed, repaired or serviced the appliance might be held responsible in a premises liability lawsuit. Typical causes of this deadly condition involve leaks in gas-burning water heaters and other heating appliances.

Water slide injuries could lead to premises liability claims

Water slides are likely included in the summer plans of many New York families with children. The combination of the cold and refreshing water spray in the heat of the sun spells fun for all. However, parents should not lose sight of the risks posed by this activity. Whether at an adventure park or a friend's backyard swimming pool, injuries that follow the negligence of another party could constitute grounds for a premises liability claim.

Premises liability: Whom can you sue for a shopping cart injury?

Choosing peak shopping hours to visit a busy New York supermarket could be hazardous. Along with the potential threats of wet spills and random objects in the aisles that could cause slips, trips and falls, consumers have to look out for the hazards posed by shopping carts -- especially if negligent shoppers are navigating them. Would injuries caused by shopping carts fall under premises liability laws?

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