There have been several high-profile shootings in recent months. There was the open-air tragedy in Las Vegas. More recently, there was the high school shooting in Florida. Of course, New York is not immune from such incidents. Just under a year ago, there was the deadly shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital.
Many companies have some form of security in place to lower the risks of accidents. However, some establishments may be lacking in security guards, and as a result, they may be putting their businesses and their patrons in danger. Serious incidents can take place at various locations and under any number of circumstances. Therefore, if an individual is injured due to an establishment being unsafe, he or she may have grounds to file a legal claim.
New York roads are busy, and not every motorist acts with caution behind the wheel. One driver was allegedly seen speeding recently, moments before a tragic accident occurred. Sadly, the incident resulted in both serious injuries and death.
When our readers think about premises liability, they likely remember stories about people slipping and falling on liquids in a grocery store or someone being injured by falling objects in a construction zone inside of a business. But there’s another issue that New York residents should consider, especially in light of the recent tragic shooting in Orlando. What happens if you got injured due to a lack of security?
Going to hotel, whether for business or vacation, is often painted as a relaxing experience. Marketing and ad campaigns for many hotels promise people a chance to unwind and even get pampered, enjoying amenities and feeling like you're safe and being taken care of.
All residents in New York City, regardless of wealth or address, have a right to feel safe in their own homes. For the millions of residents who live in apartment buildings, building owners and landlords have a legal duty to take action to provide for tenants' safety. This includes ensuring that a building, and/or individual apartment units, is equipped with functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, lead paint is properly handled and vital building equipment is regularly inspected and maintained.
Every day of the week, New York City residents are fortunate to have a plethora of dining and entertainment options at their doorsteps. In addition to the numerous bars and nightclubs that permanently call the city home, residents and tourists alike readily flock to special sporting events and concert venues.
Our nation's elementary, middle and high schools are supposed to be safe havens where, regardless of socioeconomic-standing, students can learn and thrive. Sadly, some schools fail to provide students with a school environment that is safe and free of intimidation and violence. One recent incident that occurred at a New York City Queens public school was caught on video, and illustrates the deplorable and dangerous conditions that exist at some city schools.
In this blog post, we will discuss New York's so-called dram shop laws. Many of us know someone who has a story of visiting a bar, restaurant or night club when a fight broke out between patrons. Under New York N.Y. GOB. Law Code § 11-101, an innocent bystander who is injured in the brawl may have a valid premises liability claim for compensation for medical treatment and lost earnings. But a property owner's responsibility for providing adequate security extends beyond fights on the premises.
If you are paying for a place to stay – be it an apartment or a hotel room – you have the right to expect that the building is safe and secure. This is why apartments have building keys and separate keys for each unit, and why hotels have room keys.