A friend comes over to your house and slips on a patch of ice while walking up your driveway. In another incident, a trespasser sneaks into your backyard, falls down a hill and breaks an arm. Are you, as a property owner, responsible for either of these incidents?
Under premises liability law, property owners have a duty to avoid exposing people to an unreasonable risk of harm due to a natural or artificial condition. The law states that if the property owner should be aware of the risk and does not remedy the situation in a timely manner, then he or she could be considered negligent and potentially held liable in a lawsuit requesting compensation for damages.
It’s been a few weeks since New Yorkers experienced their first real snow fall of the year, but the late winter snow surfaced an important conversation about the ice and snow accumulation and how it can create a slip and fall hazard. The snow may be gone now, and yet with Punxsutawney Phil predicting 6 more weeks of winter, it is important for we New Yorkers to stay aware of potential slip and fall hazards, and learn about what we need to do if we fall victim to these dangerous weather conditions.
Twenty-six-year-old Pedro Bacillo who was working on the interior of a midtown Manhattan building tragically died when the five-story townhome crumbled with him and other workers still inside, according to a recent ABC News report. It took three hours for emergency crews to dig out one other worker while 17 were able to escape uninjured. Investigators are looking into what caused the collapse, which occurred on a construction site that had been taking adjacent buildings down – floor by floor – for several months prior to the disastrous accident. Continue reading
For the third time in less than a year, a glass panel has fallen from the One57 Luxury Condominium building, hitting two parked cars. This piece was reportedly the size of a kitchen table. It fell from the 22nd floor of the 90 story luxury building. It resulted in a partial stop work which was ordered by the City and remained in place until the developer could demonstrate that removal of the temporary plexiglass installations would not cause further danger.
No reports of injuries or deaths have resulted from any of the falling plexiglass incidents. After three occurrences in a year though, it is only a matter of time. That’s why the stop work order was put in place.
The Developers/Owners of One57 & Premise Liability Laws Continue reading
Safety is a necessity, not a luxury that only those who can afford it are entitled to. A recent article in the New York Times, indicated that a large number of New Yorkers are targets of crime in their own apartment buildings. Due to inadequate security in the Housing Authority projects all over New York City, an increasing number of crimes are taking place in the elevators in these apartment complexes. Victims are not only victims of these physical crimes, but also of landlord negligence and inadequate security. People have a right to feel safe in their own building. If you a loved one has been a victim of an assault or rape in a NYC Housing Project or other apartment building , you should contact an inadequate security / Premise Liability attorney who can help you obtain justice and financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering ,lost wages or medical bills. Additionally, if you were injured due to a malfunctioning elevator, a slippery or a broken floor, a collapsed ceiling or wall, Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum is experienced in recovering full and fair compensation for those who have suffered serious injuries in these cases.