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Safety experts say slip and fall risk is underestimated

New York is sometimes called a walking city. Unfortunately, walking can often be a risky business -- even indoors. Slip and fall risks can exist anywhere there is pedestrian traffic, and a new report says that many organizations underestimate the risk of slips and falls at their facilities.

Preliminary reports after ride disaster yield few answers

Although it lies far from the New York City area, the Ohio State Fair has made news headlines in a manner that may give local carnival goers as well as enthusiasts across the country cause for concern. On July 26, an 18-year-old man was killed when a ride on the fairgrounds malfunctioned. Seven additional people were injured during the incident.

Trampoline risks and injuries

Parents in New York may have cause to be wary of allowing their children to use trampolines. According to a study conducted by Indiana University, trampolines were responsible for an estimated 288,876 fractures between 2002 and 2011. Overall, injuries sustained on trampolines resulted in over $1 billion being spent for emergency room visits.

Types of ankle injuries in slip-and-fall accidents

Some individuals in the New York City metro area might suffer from an ankle injury after a slip-and-fall accident. Ankle injuries can occur when a person trips over an object or tries to break a fall after a slip. In doing so, they twist the ankle. This could result in a sprain, a fracture, or torn tendons or ligaments.

How ride manufacturers insure themselves against accidents

People in the New York City metro area might wonder who would be liable if they were injured in an amusement park accident. In some cases, it might be the manufacturer of the equipment, and manufacturers are insured against this type of incident. However, when an accident does occur, liability must be determined. The operator may be responsible if riders were not safely buckled in or if the weight limits were disregarded.

Large settlement for woman injured in building collapse

New York residents might have heard about a building collapse that killed seven people in Philadelphia in 2013. Another 12 people were injured, and on May 26, one woman's attorney reported that she had been awarded $95.6 million in damages.

Injuries at large retailers

Trips and falls at big box stores in New York and around the country are very common. Walmart, which is one of the companies that is most frequently sued by people who are injured at one of their locations, has been estimated to face 5,000 lawsuits each year. This works out to about 13 lawsuits per day, and many other retailers, like Target and Costco, face a number of suits as well.

Ice and lingering snow create dangerous conditions after storm

New York residents are likely aware of the hassles caused by a major snowstorm. On March 15, a man was injured when he was hit in the head by a chunk of ice that fell from a building while he was walking on 48th Street. He had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. In response, the area was closed off by firefighters to prevent anyone else from getting hurt.

Complex skateboarding liability

Skateboarding is a common recreational activity in New York. It is also considered a relatively high-risk sport, and there is a possibility of serious injury while skateboarding. This risk has given skateboarding a great deal of legal attention as premises liability laws may factor into a lawsuit related to skateboarding injuries.

Many New York winter resorts use ageing ski lifts

Many New York residents are passionate about winter sports, and the Northeastern United States is home to some of the nation's best ski resorts. Getting to the top of the steepest slopes usually involves long ski lift rides, and some safety advocates are concerned about the age of the equipment used in many of the country's leading winter resorts.

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