In premises liability law there is a term known as a "private nuisance." It refers to a feature or consequence that "interferes with the right of specific person or entity."
As we are in the midst of prom season, with graduation just around the corner, it's a good idea to review New York's dram shop laws. These laws are in place to provide legal recourse to the victims of drunk drivers and the survivors of those who were killed. They may take legal action against the bar that continued to serve the intoxicated person more alcohol.
People tend to think of fire escapes as lifesaving devices that allow people to quickly escape from multi-floor buildings in the event of a fire or other disaster. But for one 58-year-old Garden City husband and father of three children, a freak accident involving a Soho fire escape was the cause of his untimely death last year.
The New York Post reported that a Brooklyn hotdog vendor recently suffered head injuries from falling scaffold material. The incident occurred on Monday, Feb. 18, at approximately 3:20 p.m. as the vendor stood beside his hotdog cart at the intersection of Elm Place and Fulton Street.
Imagine spending three days trapped inside of a stuck elevator. That was the unfortunate reality for a New York City resident who spent three uncomfortable days trapped inside a Manhattan elevator car last month.
It's cold in January in New York City. So, on the coldest day of the new year when residents of a half dozen public housing buildings had neither heat nor hot water, it was more than a minor inconvenience.
Every New York City resident has heard the horror stories about nightmare landlords who refuse to lift a finger to fix dangerous conditions in the apartment buildings they own. Whether it's vermin infestations by rats and roaches, leaky ceilings and recalcitrant plumbing, living in these conditions places the residents in danger.
One customer at a Costco in Brookfield in central New York state suffered a life-altering shopping injury as he reached overhead for some paper towels. The display of towels was stacked more than seven feet high, and as the shopper tried to grab a package to place in his cart, a steel pipe that was 40 inches long and three inches in diameter hit him above his left eye.
When it comes to future events, it's always a good idea to look at what transpired in the past. For Black Friday shoppers here in New York City, that means being aware of the incidents and injuries that befell bargain hunters in years past.
New York City winters can be brutal. The last thing you want is for the super to inform you that the building's furnace is on the fritz. And while that is decidedly unwelcome news, you also need to be concerned about carbon monoxide (CO) leaks.