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October 2013 Archives

Take 5 minutes to keep trick-or-treaters safe from slip and falls

With Halloween only a couple of days away, take a moment to inspect the walkway leading up to your home or business and make sure it’s safe for trick-or-treaters. The last thing anyone wants is a painful or serious slip-and-fall accident to cast a pall on a happy holiday, and a few moments is all you should need to keep kids safe.

Funding cut from 'Complete Streets' promise to cut bike accidents

In 2012, New York found itself at the top of an unfortunate list: it was named the No. 1 city in the nation for fatal pedestrian and bike accidents. Fully 27 percent of people killed on New York roads were pedestrians or bikers, and New York State Department of Transportation data shows that nearly eight walkers or bikers are struck by vehicles each and every day in our state.

When can a landlord be held liable for an injury on a property?

When you’re hurt on someone else’s property, how does the law determine whether the property owner should be required to pay your medical bills and compensate you for your pain and suffering? A broad body of law called premises liability covers these cases.

Family of ax-murder victim sues lot owner for negligent security

In Nov. 2011, a 28-year-old man from Edison, New Jersey, was murdered with a pick ax late one night in an industrial lot in Sayreville. That lot was reportedly part of the property of Viking Terminal Marine, a wholesale marine and industrial equipment dealer. Three men have been charged with the murder, two of whom have just been named as defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim’s family -- and so has Viking Terminal Marine.

How do you know if your ill or older loved one can safely drive?

The question of whether to an aging loved one or family member with a serious medical condition is still able to drive safely can be a gnawing one. Even here in the Northeast, driving is indispensible in most people’s daily lives, and it often represents a sense of self-sufficiency that’s hard to give up. Yet it’s rarely obvious that someone’s driving ability has deteriorated to a dangerous degree, and it’s awkward even to discuss the subject.

Negligent maintenance of pools can put caustic chemicals in water

A couple of weeks ago, a hotel pool in Florida was evacuated and 18 people had to be taken to the hospital for respiratory problems. The reason was that two common pool chemicals, muriatic acid and chlorine, were improperly mixed and combined into ammonium chloride gas.

Court: New York biker can sue escapee-dog's owner for negligence

When you think about holding dog owners responsible for harm caused by their animals, you typically think of dog bites. While precise details vary from state to state, the rules for seeking compensation for serious injuries by someone else’s dog generally come under the category of premises liability.

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