Elevators: Keeping Them Safe

Today, there are about 60,000 elevators operating in New York City’s five boroughs, some of them making hundreds of trips a day. The average life span of an elevator is about 20 to 30 years before it begins to require major equipment upgrades. To a building owner, an elevator is one of the most expensive […]

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Top Causes of Elevator Accidents and Lawsuits

With adequate repair and maintenance, elevators provide a fairly safe means of transport. Accidents do occur however, claiming about 30 lives per year and injuring 17,000. Occasionally, an elevator may stop before reaching the proper level between floors. It may suddenly start, stop, or speed up. Doors may fail to open, or close too quickly. […]

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Elevators and New York City Housing: A Dangerous Combination?

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) runs one of the largest and busiest elevator fleets in the area. Its 340 public housing complexes serving poor and moderate-income families contain 3,338 elevators in 2,618 buildings. At 3.1 million trips a day, these elevators make 1.2 billion trips each year. In light of such heavy traffic, […]

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Injured While Shopping: Retail-related Personal Injury Cases

You may think shopping is a relatively harmless activity, but thousands of people are injured each year in consumer-related pursuits. Shopping injuries may occur because a store owner has failed to keep the premises safe, or to warn of known dangers that may injure shoppers, workers and visitors. Broadly speaking, the term, ‘shopping injury’ is […]

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Premises Liability: An Overview

The term, “premises liability” refers to the legal responsibility of an owner or occupier of property for accidents and injuries occurring on that property. A landowner’s liability for negligence arises from his duty to make the land reasonably safe for persons on it. Premises Liability Trends Traditionally, the extent of the landowner’s duty depended on […]

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