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Who should pay for dog bite and animal attack damages?

  • 05
  • October

Our focus last week was on how dog bites are only part of the story when it comes to animal attacks. We discussed how other animals can bite, kick or otherwise harm people in a way that leads to injuries. That post might have some people wondering who is responsible for damages when someone is injured by an animal owned by someone else. Our New York readers might like to know some basic information about animal bites and damages.

What if I was bitten by a dog in a vehicle?

Dog bites aren't the only animal attacks that happen in New York

  • 25
  • September

One of the last things you expect while you are walking around the neighborhood or anywhere in Albany is to be attacked by a dog or another animal. When animal owners aren't as responsible as they could and should be, animals might get loose and attack for a variety of reasons. The injuries from these attacks can be severe. They can be very costly, especially if the injury requires extensive medical care or rehabilitation.

For people who are attacked by domesticated animals, the thought of having to pay for medical care and other expenses is something that might be at the top of their concerns after the attack. Those victims, however, have the right to seek compensation for their injuries if the animal owner was at fault for the attack.

Defective household products shouldn't cost you money

  • 12
  • September

When you buy something from a store or from an online merchant, you likely expect that it will work as intended without harming you. In many cases that can happen, but New York readers of this blog know that injuries sometimes do happen when products are dangerous or defective. When injuries occur, there is no reason why you should have to pay for the resulting medical bills and damages.

Proving fault in a product liability accident can sometimes be difficult, but that is when experience with applicable laws can help to make things a little easier. We are familiar with handling a variety of product liability claims. Our website has some examples of the types of cases we handle, including claims involving recalled products, defective household products and faulty industrial equipment.

Sports anchor sues New York ice rink over arm injury

  • 29
  • August

When people go to an arcade or to a sporting venue, they likely expect that the premises is safe for the public. While the vast majority of people can go to these venues without any accidents occurring, when there is an accident, they can often require medical care. That is what happened to Linda Cohn when she was at Hudson Valley's Brewster Ice Arena.

Cohn was at the New York hockey rink to practice for a promotion with a minor league team associated with the New York Rangers. She was in the rink's arcade area when she says a change-making machine fell. She says that the injury she suffered required her to get 25 stitches in her arm. She posted a picture of her injury on Twitter that was described as "looking like a baseball" because of the stitches.

Elements of a premises liability lawsuit in New York

  • 15
  • August

Getting hurt on someone property isn't a pleasant experience for anyone. When those injuries are serious and require medical care, the experience gets far worse. In those cases, there is a possibility that the person who got hurt might be able to obtain compensation for the losses caused by the injury. This type of lawsuit is a civil matter that falls under premises liability.

In New York, there are several considerations that can affect the suitability of filing a premises liability lawsuit. One of these considerations is whether or not the owner knew of the unsafe conditions. Another is what your status was on the property. A third is that the owner's negligence is what caused your injury.

Pedestrian-car accident kills man, injures woman

  • 01
  • August

Almost all drivers know that if you are in an accident that involves injuries, you should stay on the scene of the accident until emergency responders get to the scene. When the accident involves a sport utility vehicle and pedestrians, there is almost certainly going to be injuries. An accident like that recently occurred in Tioga, New York, but the driver of the SUV didn't stay on the scene until emergency responders got there.

The accident happened when a man and a woman were jogging along a roadway. They were hit by a 33-year-old man who was driving an SUV. The man was killed in the accident. The woman suffered from injuries that weren't considered life threatening.

Recalled product necessitates BMW recall for airbags

  • 18
  • July

Amid all the recalls of cars, people are probably getting tired of hearing about them. However, there is another recall to check out. New York readers who drive a BMW might be interested in this recall. The recall is caused by an air bag that might not work properly, which could cause injury.

While the recall covers 1.6 million cars, only around 574,000 are said to be in the U.S. This recall is similar to those issued by other manufacturers in recent years because BMW uses similar air bag inflators from Takata Corp, which is the actual recalled product.

New York VA facing problems over lack of proper sterilization

  • 11
  • July

Veterans who go to VA medical centers expect that they will receive care that will help them to overcome or cope with medical issues. They certainly don't expect that they will have to deal with unsanitary practices at the medical center. The Office of Special Counsel, however, is saying that the Buffalo VA Medical Center is violating sterilization standards for medical equipment used in the center.

A representative for the VA Western NY Healthcare System denies those allegations. She says that the VA's Office of the Medical Inspector hasn't found any violations of regulations, rules, or laws. She did say that they have called in experts for a review.

Alleged drunk driver kills woman in New York car accident

  • 19
  • June

Making the choice to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol is a choice that can affect not only the driver's life, but the lives of others who are on the roadways. In some cases, the choice to drive drunk is the deciding factor that can take another motorist's life. That is exactly what happened in a recent accident in New York.

The accident happened in the early morning hours on a Saturday when a man driving an Audi slammed into a woman driving a Mercedes. The 54-year-old man was heading northbound when he slammed into the 45-year-old woman who was going eastbound.

1 killed, 1 injured in fall down elevator shaft in New York

  • 06
  • June

Falls are the leading cause of deaths among construction workers. Thousands of workers are injured each year in falls and hundreds are injured. Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration leads a week-long event called the National Fall Safety Stand Down in an effort to help draw attention to the need of construction workers to follow proper safety protocol to prevent falls. Unfortunately, in the midst of the OSHA campaign, a worker in New York City died from injuries received in a fall down an elevator shaft.

The Sunnyside neighborhood in New York wasn't so sunny earlier this month when a worker was killed while working on a school that is under construction. The construction worker apparently fell down five stories in an elevator shaft. Sadly, he was pronounced dead on his way to the hospital.

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