Legal News Archive by Area: Premises Liability
November 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Different businesses handle Thanksgiving weekend retail in different ways. Some businesses are opening their doors on the evening of the holiday itself, trying to lure in customers before budgets have been busted by midnight openings elsewhere. Others wait until midnight on Black Friday, and still others simply maintain their regular hours.
Continue Reading: Businesses Must Be Aware of Black Friday Risks
November 13, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
As the calendar turns towards December, more and more Americans will start thinking about their holiday decorations. For many families, decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend is a tradition, allowing the two major days to blend into one seamless holiday season. The fact that kids are out of school for the long weekend and many parents are off work makes it easier to find time to pull things out of storage and get to work.
Continue Reading: Decoration Considerations for a Safe Holiday
October 24, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Aggregating data is often a great way to find where problems exist. While individual incidences do not always attract much attention, when the numbers are compiled what might appear at first as a small problem is revealed to be a large one. This is the case with house fire deaths in the state of New York.
Continue Reading: New York Has High Rate of House Fire Deaths
October 11, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Properties pose a variety of accident risks year-round, including tripping hazards, wet floors, misaligned steps, and improperly wired outlets. These hazards result in thousands of injuries every year, but certain seasons amplify these risks. Among those, Christmas and Halloween pose significantly increased risk.
Continue Reading: Existing Hazards Amplified by Halloween
June 20, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A St. Louis jury awarded former NFL running back Reggie Bush 12.5 million dollars due to an injury he suffered just off the field in 2015. Bush was a running back for the San Francisco 49ers when the injury occurred in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The injury occurred when Bush was forced from the playing area during a punt return and fell awkwardly on a concrete ring surrounding the field. The ring had already been implicated in dozens of other injuries over the years.
Continue Reading: Liability Can Be Complicated
October 25, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The death of a Chicago teen has been ruled an accident. The case, which transfixed the nation after Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a hotel walk-in freezer, can now have some small amount of closure. Still, the coroner’s report will not completely assuage fears generated by social media and internet articles on the case.
Continue Reading: Holding Businesses Accountable
September 06, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Having a few drinks with friends is a time-honored tradition for many adults, and neighborhood bars can be one of the best places to indulge and socialize. Finding the right bar for you and your friend, or spending an evening bar-hopping, can be a wonderful bonding experience. Though different establishments cater to different clienteles, a patron should have a reasonable expectation of safety at any bar.
Continue Reading: When Too Much is Enough at Your Local Bar
July 19, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
AirBNBs are an attractive option in many situations. Pricing is frequently much cheaper than hotels in the area, and house rentals offer additional space with fewer worries about noise and other issues that come along with shared walls in traditional temporary lodgings.
Continue Reading: What to Watch Before Booking a Vacation Rental
February 08, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Since the beginning of time, powerful forces have fought each other with innocent victims being caught in the middle. As trial lawyers, we at the Finz Firm have seen first-hand how five thousand years of historical battles have been brought into a modern New York courtroom.
Continue Reading: Negligence of Landlord Causes Stairway Fall and Serious Injury
October 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In less than 10 years, Airbnb has become a $50 billion company with more than two million listing in over 200 countries across the globe. The cost efficient alternative to booking a hotel room in a major city is attractive to travelers and to home owners trying to support their income. With the business model becoming so successful so quickly, there is an ongoing concern about safety and possible injuries for consumers in the rented out dwellings. Now, a pair of New York state senators are looking for legislation to be passed to put a stop to the potential hazardous situations.
Continue Reading: New York Lawmakers Take On Airbnb Safety Concerns
May 16, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Walking the streets of Manhattan can be hectic. People walking in all directions, cars and taxis clogging up intersections, and broken or uneven sidewalks are just some of the obstructions making it difficult for pedestrians. Residents and tourists quickly learn to look around and look down to try and avoid an accident. But what about looking up?
Continue Reading: Falling Debris is All Too Common in New York City
January 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
While the holiday shopping season may be over, many stores continue to stock their shelves for customers looking to take advantage of major sales. Big box and warehouse megastores even keep inventory on the sales floor for shoppers to take on the spot. While easy access to merchandise may be appealing to consumers, it can be dangerous as well. Every year, thousands of individuals are injured, sometimes seriously, by falling merchandise in these stores.
Continue Reading: How Saving Money in Megastores Can Cause You Physical Injury
January 14, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Black Friday has long been accepted as the most dangerous shopping day of the year. Not only are dozens of people injured every year, but on rare occasions individuals are even killed during the event. Thousands of people fighting for a good deal will always carry a significant risk of injury.
Continue Reading: Extending the Danger by Populating the Malls
November 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A property management firm is claiming that it was an “Act of God” that led to an elevator accident that killed a 37 year old man on October 2nd, 2015. According to the company, there was nothing that could have been done to prevent the terrible tragedy, because “acts of God cannot be foreseen and intervened.”
Continue Reading: Elevator Accidents and Property Management Negligence
September 22, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Chicago isn’t called the Windy City for nothing. When storms blow in, heavy winds often drive the wind chill down, and rain and snow can soak through clothing quickly. To provide some measure of shelter, O’Hare airport constructed a series of structures for people to wait under when weather turns ugly.
Continue Reading: No Shelter From the Storm with Faulty Structures
June 26, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Fifteen minutes and a few dollars. That’s all it would have taken to save the life of Francisca Fernandez. Fernandez was visiting family in Inwood, New York on May 22nd when she tripped on the stairs and fell to her death through a fifth story window.
Continue Reading: Premises Liability: Fifteen Minutes and a Few Dollars
April 06, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The sign was there for all to see. It read “Moving gate can cause serious injury or death,” and the text was accompanied by a picture depicting a figure falling backwards. It is difficult to guess just what the picture is meant to represent, so reading the words was the only way that a young Las Vegas boy could have been warned not to play in the area of the gate.
Continue Reading: Premises Liability: A Sign Isn't Enough
March 06, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In a personal injury action stemming from a trip and fall on steps at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, defendant made a motion for summary judgment, arguing that the steps did not constitute a dangerous condition and that plaintiff should have seen the steps because they were open and obvious.
Continue Reading: Finz & Finz, P.C. Wins Motion in Premises Liability Case
February 25, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It has never been easier to be a landlord. Before the advent of the internet, landlords were on an island when it came to making sure they were doing what was right for their tenants. There was a lot of guesswork involved, and that guesswork could have tragic implications when an accident occurred because the landlord had no idea how to make the premises safe. Thankfully, there are now thousands of websites a landlord can visit to make sure they are keeping things as safe as possible.
Continue Reading: Premises Liability: The Information Is Out There
January 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
From the first time you saw one, when you were just a little kid, you suspected they weren’t safe. There was just something about the sliding sheets of metal rising and falling with no visible safety mechanisms that was downright frightening. But after seeing enough people use one, you convinced yourself they are safe. After all, if escalators weren’t safe, every mall in America wouldn’t have one.
Continue Reading: Escalator Injury: A Rising and Falling Danger
December 31, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Holiday and New Years celebrations are among the most wonderful times of the year. There are countless things to do to enjoy the holiday season. There are lights to look at m holiday choirs to hear, and countless traditional performances to see in towns all across the country. There are always dozens of ways to keep yourself busy and have a great time.
Continue Reading: Premises Liability: The Most Dangerous Time of the Year
June 17, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The innocent revelers who were nearly killed in a terrible nightclub fire are finally finding some small degree of closure after a Washington judge has accepted a guilty plea from the man who started the blaze. Musab Mohammed Masmari doused a staircase with gasoline, then lit it on fire, on New Year’s Eve in 2013. Mass panic ensued as the clubbers hurried from the burning building.
Continue Reading: Dancing in the Dark: When Premises Liability Becomes an Issue
May 23, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
New York Attorney on Summer Camp Safety: Sending Your Kids Off
Continue Reading: New York Attorney on Summer Camp Safety: Sending Your Kids Off
March 10, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
In 2012, a country music concert made the news when bleachers that fans were sitting on collapsed and killed several on the ground below. In a golf tournament rock concert that same year, the tent that hosted the VIP party collapsed on partygoers, killing 1 person. More recently in 2013, an Ohio football game was the scene when several high school students were injured after field bleachers collapsed. What are some of the causes of collapses like this, and can they ever really be prevented?
Continue Reading: Collapsing Bleachers, Grandstands and Tents: An Event Tragedy
February 26, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
If your family outing this week includes a visit to a zoo or wildlife park, you know how exciting it can be to be up close and personal with those critters. Many spectators enroll in feeding sessions, animal petting opportunities, safari trips and other ways to see and visit with animals we would never see in the suburbs. We believe that the authorities and park rangers know our risks and dangers, and that they would never put us in harm’s way. But what about those of us who still want to take chances—on our own? Doing so may not be the best way to ensure that we will see the animals again.
Continue Reading: Animals at Zoos – Not as Cute as They Appear!
February 20, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
How safe are you as a consumer? You might think that you do your homework before purchasing a big-ticket item, or that you scrutinize the fine print on any warranties for appliances. But, how safe are you really when you are in the store itself? We don’t often think of protecting ourselves in the store once we are there. After all, the store makes sure that their aisles are free from water and debris, that all products are within a safe reach, and that parking lots are well marked. Right? Think again.
Continue Reading: Injuries at Superstores and Grocery Stores
January 27, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The 2013 December news about a ceiling cave-in at a holiday show in London brings many to the awareness that accidents like this could occur in a flash and without any type of warning. While parts of the building were in need of repair, there are many old buildings in London, other parts of the world and the United Stated. That means, there could be a chance of this type of incident no matter where you are.
Continue Reading: Accidents at Theaters and Public Venues
November 27, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When we think of holiday shopping, we think of discovering that perfect gift for someone special, bell ringers in front of the store, shoppers bundled up to weather the cold, and wishing good cheer to passers-by. We rarely think of what might happen if we’re not paying attention while shopping, to the point of getting hurt on an enjoyable day. We all know that traffic accidents are more pronounced during holiday shopping season; drivers are fighting for parking spaces, racing in parking lots, and flocking to the mall to be first in line for that limited edition item. But, what about accidents that happen right in the vicinity of the store? Here are a few incidents that could happen:
Continue Reading: Holiday Shopping: Accidents in and Around the Store
November 06, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A monster truck drives out of control at a rally in a nearby town. A skydiver misses the mark and ends up being killed in a crowd of people. A bull charges into the crowd at a bull-fighting event. These events and many more can happen at any time during community events where thousands of spectators gather for the thrill of seeking excitement and entertainment. Are the crowds protected? What happens when something goes astray?
Continue Reading: Strange Accidents at Spectator Events
October 24, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Fall break and the holiday season will soon be upon us as we make plans to visit family and friends. In other areas around the country, conventions take place in big cities like New York, Phoenix and Las Vegas. When the environment is a bit more free and inhibitions are down, vacations prove to be a heavy time for accidents. What are some of the accidents that can occur while you are on a well-deserved vacation or mandatory business trip, and what can you do to protect yourself?
Continue Reading: Upcoming Fall Breaks: Protecting Yourself on Vacation
September 13, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A recent headline in an Arizona newspaper talked about a man who entered his burning home to save his pets. Firefighters later said he was lucky to be alive, after a lengthy period of trying to find him with thermal cameras; the house was unsafe to enter seconds before the roof collapsed. The man had run in the house twice to rescue his distressed cats, escaped through a back window and then run down an alley for safety. He happened to be lucky in his mission, but not everyone is so lucky.
Continue Reading: Do’s and Don’ts When There is a Fire
August 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Summertime is rampant with home injuries and accidents. With fires from lightning strikes, burglaries in our empty homes, visitors falling on stairs, and appliances being overused, our safety becomes compromised if we don’t take the proper precautions to ensure everything is in order. This makes it the perfect time to compile or review a home safety checklist to make sure that your home remains safe in the summer and all year around.
Continue Reading: Home Safety Checklist: Is Yours Up To Date?
August 12, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
House fires claim the lives of many annually, and the causes are multiple ranging from faulty electrical cords, to kitchen fires gone wild, to children playing with matches, to barbecue grill accidents, and many more. No matter how much we know about fires and how much we know about fire safety, there does not seem to be a consistent decrease in the causes or victims who are involved. Luckily, first responders are often on the scene, but sometimes conditions exist that even they are unable to tackle.
Continue Reading: House Fires–When It Happens To You
August 06, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When the temperatures and humidity rise well beyond the norm in many parts of the country over the summer, people become more conservative with overrunning their air-conditioning. In some apartments and housing buildings, the climate is controlled by a maintenance department so that everyone does not adjust it “on” and “off” all day long. Sometimes the air conditioning or power goes out due to an electrical storm or a faulty box, and the city or municipality is not quick enough to restore that energy back to the apartment or home. When the conditions become extreme, particularly among those who are unable to care for themselves fully, or those who disregard or do not know about the conditions outside, the heat can become a deadly factor. Sadly, the extreme costs of cooling a residence leads many people to use the air-conditioning sparingly, or not at all. Some states have utilized a “meter box” where someone pays an amount for power. The box then tracks how much power is used, and therefore how much is left in the account. Many residents find that half way through the month they are already at a credit low. When the account reaches zero, everything shuts off. While the program is not ideal, it does prevent someone from having his or her power shut completely off.
Continue Reading: The Heat Is On: Apartment Deaths In Extreme Weather
July 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Earlier in June in Miami, sports fans watching a Spurs v. Heat NBA Finals game were dumped in the water when a deck collapsed at their favorite local watering hole. In another instance, a fire breaks out at a popular nightclub and many are left fleeing from the danger. We take visits to the local neighborhood bar and grille for granted. We trust that their regulations are up to code and that the structure is sound. In the instance of the decking, the supporting beams collapsed; investigations are pending as to why the areas hadn’t been treated.
Continue Reading: Deck Collapses and Other Unexpected Mishaps When Visiting the Local Bar and Grille
July 25, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
An escalator malfunctions at Macy’s when steps fail to engage. An escalator at a subway station becomes the scene of a horrific accident. A child’s foot is caught between the stairs. Escalators are “modes” of transportation we use daily at our favorite department stores, airports and our office buildings. With a slow-moving pace, it is hard to imagine something going wrong that cannot be corrected. But, as in the cases above, escalator accidents can cause broken limbs, head injuries, severe lacerations and sometimes death.
Continue Reading: Escalator Accidents: Mishaps in Department Stores, Airports and Office Buildings
February 01, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Have you ever found yourself reading about a recalled item and discovered the recall may apply to you? If so, you may ask how you can find out more information, or be alerted to other recalls. Here are some ways to stay up to date on recalled items, and what you can do if you find yourself the victim of an accident due to a recalled product.
Continue Reading: Manhattan Product Liability Attorney Warns Consumers of Recent Recalls: Why They Are Important
November 15, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Children are injured on public and at-home playgrounds yearly, from minor scratches and strangulations, to concussions and amputations, to brain damage and fatal falls. In the past, improper ground surfaces were often to blame for playground injuries prior to the establishment of the development by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to adopt standards and guidelines for safer playground equipment and surroundings.
Continue Reading: No Messing Around When it Comes to Playground Equipment Precautions
November 12, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
”It’s not going to happen to me, right? Besides, I have homeowners and auto insurance.” But, what if it does happen, and you’re faced now with filing a claim through a policy that was purchased twenty years ago? Did you have the coverage required?
Continue Reading: Seek Assistance When Overwhelmed With Filing Insurance Claims
November 07, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The place where we most often seek refuge, our “safe” haven, is actually the place where we have the most risk for injury. You guessed it: Our home. Familiarity breeds carelessness in the form of falls on stairs and in dimly-lit hallways, burns from unsafe kitchen conditions, slips in bathtubs and misplaced tools in garages. We don’t often have the time to repair faults in our home until it’s too late.
Continue Reading: Simple Steps for Clearing the Way to Home Safety