Cellars are not as popular as they once were. Most people no longer wish to access their cellar or basement via a door from the outside. Instead, people try to secure their home by allowing access to the basement or cellar through the interior of the home, not the exterior.
If you don't own your home, you may not be aware that sidewalks are maintained not by the city, but by the people who own the property abutting them. If you suffer an injury due to broken, slanting, or otherwise poorly installed or maintained sidewalks, the city is not liable for your injuries. Instead, it is the property owner who may be held liable for any damages you incurred as a result of improperly maintained sidewalks. Sidewalk maintenance is critical to city safety and accessibility.
When people think of premises liability, they often don't think about escalators. Elevators are often featured in movies and television shows as failing, dropping or freezing with passengers inside. As a result, few people find the idea that elevators can cause serious liability issues for a company surprising.
Living in a city with large buildings can be exhilarating and inspiring. It can also be particularly dangerous when temperatures swing widely between warm and cold. During the frigid winter months, snow and ice accumulate on buildings, their window ledges, eaves and awnings. When temperatures rise, that ice can loosen and suddenly break free, crashing down onto pedestrians, vehicles or another building. The damages caused by falling ice and snow can range from moderate property damages to severe personal injury or even death.
Slip and fall cases are some of the more challenging ones to fight because proving fault can be very difficult. Determining who is legally responsible is complicated because these types of accidents happen frequently and for countless reasons. Think about how many times you've missed a step, tripped walking up the stairs or slipped on ice. Did those accidents occur because you weren't being careful or paying close enough attention? Or was your slip and fall caused by a negligent property owner?
It's been said there are two kinds of people in America — those who can't wait to head out as soon as possible after Thanksgiving dinner for some serious retail therapy, and those who shudder at the mere mention of the idea.
This week, a 6-week-old infant died tragically after a faulty elevator in a Brooklyn high rise caused her stroller to plummet eight stories down into the elevator shaft.