Business owners in New York, even those who run a small business, know how costly it can get to uphold their duty of care to customers and employees. They must ensure that all entrants are safe when on their property, so there is the cost of maintenance and repairs as well as the cost of training employees on how to identify and prevent hazards. Signage will also be required for wet floors and other safety risks.
Residents of New York may have heard about the roller coaster accident that occurred at an amusement park down in Daytona Beach. The incident is still under investigation, so the details are still few. On the night of Thursday, June 14, the Sand Blaster ride derailed and caused two of its 10 riders to fall about 34 feet to the ground. The riders suffered traumatic injuries.
Dog owners in New York should be aware of the dangers that their pet can pose to themselves, their family and others. Dog bite claims made up one-third of all homeowner liability insurance claims in 2017, with an average pay-out of just above $37,000. The American Veterinary Medical Association states that every year in the U.S., there are approximately 4.5 million reports of dog bites. One out of every five dog bites result in emergency room visits.
Several years after a slip-and-fall accident at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City caused her a serious head injury, a Canadian tennis player has settled a premises liability lawsuit with the United States Tennis Association. Eugenie Bouchard, once ranked as one of the five top female tennis players around the world, slipped and fell at the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament. A wet locker room floor led to the incident, which caused a head injury that prevented her from playing out the remainder of the tennis season.
Business owners throughout New York may be surprised at the results of a CNA study on slip and fall accidents. Researchers at the financial corporation have studied the slip and fall liability claims that the insurer received from Jan. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2016, coming to several important conclusions.
The Walk Zone Safety Report prepared by a safety equipment supplier should act as a wake-up call to facilities managers throughout New York. The company surveyed professionals in risk assessment, safety and building maintenance throughout many industries to calculate their awareness of floor safety risks. Survey responses revealed widespread underestimation of slip-and-fall risks throughout commercial and public buildings. Although the data documented 10 different types of locations as fall risks, 46 percent of respondents expressed their belief that their facilities presented three or fewer fall risk areas.
Most New York residents probably would not expect a state fair to be the setting of a tragedy, but a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair killed one person and injured others on July 26. The fair in Columbus opened on the same day the accident happened, which put a damper on the events as fairgoers were horrified by the fatality and rides were shut down for safety inspections.
When people slip and fall on property that may be unsafe for visitors or patrons, they could potentially suffer serious injuries to their ankles. Since ankle trauma could cause severe pain and prevent individuals from working for significant periods of time depending on how badly they're hurt, injured parties may want to file premises liabilities claims against the liable property owners.
New York residents may have heard about some serious injuries at amusement parks. In 2016, a 10-year-old boy died in an accident at a Kansas water park. Both the manufacturer of the rafts for the ride and the owners and operators of the park reached a settlement with the family. Although the amount was not disclosed, it was believed to be around $20 million.
When New York consumers are injured when shopping at a big box store, they may be able to negotiate a settlement with a store's claims representative if the injuries were caused by another party's negligence. If hazards in the store caused an injury, the customer will need to file a lawsuit.