According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, New York City's 1,533,107 apartments comprise approximately 50 percent of all housing within the city. With demand consistently outpacing supply and rent prices among the highest in the U.S., landlords in the city are notorious for cutting corners and costs with regard to safety.
The media has been abuzz lately regarding the topic of police use of excessive force against citizens. A recent ruling of the Supreme Court held that excessive force claims exerted by pretrial detainees should be analyzed using an objective standard to determine whether the force used was reasonable under the circumstances.
New York City residents, along with the residents across the country and world, were recently troubled and saddened to learn about the deaths of six Irish students who were killed when the apartment balcony on which they were standing collapsed. The magnitude of this tragedy has raised questions and renewed public concerns about the many structural and maintenance problems that are often at the root of balcony collapses which, according to the Associated Press, have resulted in the injuries and deaths of more than 6,500 people in the U.S. since 2003.
Imagine you're standing at an intersection in Midtown when the crosswalk signal turns to walk. As you step off the curb and prepare to cross the street, a taxi cab comes barreling through the red light, narrowly missing you and two of your fellow pedestrians. According to a recent report conducted by students at Hunter College, this is likely a fairly common scenario for many New York City pedestrians.
In large urban cities like New York City, there are an abundance of restaurants, bars, hotels, parks, schools, office buildings, residential dwellings, tourist attractions and grocery and residential stores. At times, the owners or operators of these types of private and public properties may fail to regularly maintain buildings and property to ensure for a safe and hazard-free environment.
Recently, reports of poisonous beetles appearing in bagged salads have been making headlines in the U.S. and Canada. The beetle, which is colored black, yellow and red, is known as the Iron Cross Blister Beetle and is common to Arizona and California. Although consuming one would not necessarily be fatal, it would likely cause significant stomach pains and discomfort. In addition, the beetle causes skin to blister upon touch.
For New York City area residents, the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and George Washington Bridge provide a means to both get into and out of the city. Daily, an estimated 470,000 vehicles travel along these routes to get to work, important appointments and back home.
Anyone who lives in or has ever visited New York City would likely attest to the city's fast-paced nature. Everywhere you go, hoards of pedestrians appear to be hurrying to their desired locations. This mentality is also shared and exhibited by drivers in the city who, when provided the opportunity, frequently speed and put other drivers, passengers and pedestrians at risk.
When you are in an accident in New York, if you are partly to blame, the amount of your settlement could be affected. New York is one of thirteen states that follows the Pure Comparative Negligence Rule, adopted in 1975. This means that the damages you are able to recover are reduced in proportion to the amount that the court determines you were to blame. For example, if the court finds that the plaintiff was 30% to blame for the injury, that amount would be deducted in calculating the damages awarded.
When a chicken "McNugget" snack turned into a trip to the emergency room, the customer decided to sue both McDonalds, the distributing company, and the franchise location at which he purchased the "McNuggets." The customer claims to have suffered severe injury when he swallowed bone shard fragments which had not been properly removed from the food. In his lawsuit, the customer alleged that the distributor was negligent in failing to properly inspect the chicken.
With Independence Day just a few weeks away, many people will be planning their festivities around barbeques and fireworks displays. Due to a law signed by Governor Cuomo last fall, residents of many New York counties now have the opportunity to legally purchase sparklers, or other "novelty" fireworks to enhance their celebrations. New York's "Sparkler Law" allows individuals to purchase commercial "sparkling devices" two periods per year, including June 1-July 5; and December 26-January 2. Under the amended law, the fireworks that may be purchased legally include: cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, wooden sparklers, party poppers, and snappers. Other fireworks such as bottle rockets, spinners, roman candles, and aerial devices still remain illegal, unless you obtain a permit.
According to New York City's Department of Buildings, last year, the agency issued approximately 21,000 permits for new housing units. Residential condominiums, hotels and mixed residential and commercial spaces are among those sectors to experience the most growth within the last decade. While the city's current building boom is viewed by many as a sign of financial security and prosperity, a string of recent accidents has many concerned about safety.