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By admin on July 30, 2014
We may be in the middle of the summer, but the team at The Law Offices of Lawrence B. Saftler is always mindful of potential accidents that can occur at different times of the year. Here in Manhattan, we see extremes in weather conditions, and these can lead to various kinds of dangers at places of business and on different kinds of properties. When a person is injured on another person’s property, a premises liability lawsuit should be filed to seek just compensation for injuries and other losses.
Right now we would like to consider a common cause of slip and fall injuries we see in the winter here in New York City: ice and snow.
Snowy and icy conditions mean many hazards for pedestrians. When there’s ice and snow on the sidewalk or ice on the road, it is more likely for people to lose their balance or slip. This lack of traction makes injuries more likely.
We should also note that such conditions lead to major hazards for motorists, who are more prone to losing control of their vehicles as a result of ice and snow.
One common cause of injuries when conditions are icy and snowy is slippery sidewalks and driveways. Simply walking by a residence or a place of business that has a slippery or icy area in front of it can lead to a serious spill.
Icy or slippery stairs can be especially hazardous to pedestrians and visitors to a property. Falling down icy stairs can lead to an especially serious injury simply given the nature of the fall.
Some common injuries that may be sustained as a result of a slip and fall in icy weather or conditions includes:
In order to prevent icy or slippery conditions that could lead to injuries, it’s important for property owners to shovel snow and lay down salt. This helps prevent slips and falls in general, and goes a long way toward making the sidewalk or stairways of a business or establishment far safer.
In addition, businesses are encouraged to place absorbent mats at the entrances to their business. These get rid of snow and other moisture that customers may track into a business and helps reduce the amount of slipping hazards indoors.
When a preventable injury occurs on another person’s property, our legal team will be sure to hold the property owner responsible and seek just compensation for injuries sustained. Businesses and individuals have a duty to ensure a safe establishment when people are present, and we want to hold them accountable for any acts of negligence.
If you or someone that you love has been the victim of a slip, trip, or fall accident, it is of the utmost importance that you contact our personal injury law firm today. The entire team at The Law Offices of Lawrence B. Saftler looks will fight diligently for you and your loved ones to ensure that you receive just compensation for injuries and other losses.
By admin on July 7, 2010
In March, 2009, 24-year-old Connor Donohue fell from a balcony to his death at 330 East 39th Street in the Murray Hill section of Mnahattan. The Department of Buildings has since ordered an engineering report, saying that he may have fallen due to damaged fencing around the unit’s balcony. Following the accident, the fencing and post of the railing appeared loose and may have been damaged prior to the incident. Pan Am Equities, the building’s management company, had not filed inspection reports with the Department of Buildings in ten years. They are required to do so every five years and were thus fined $11,000. Department of Buildings inspectors have found about 800 building owners, in addition to Pan Am Equities, that have failed to file reports on the safety of their balconies.
But how do you stay safe on your own balcony? A proper inspection involves pulling out bricks and even some drilling. As an individual tenant, you can’t exactly order scaffolding put outside your apartment, and an engineering report from your management company. You can ask if the proper inspections have been conducted, though. And be vigilent, as well. Don’t lean on a balcony railing you’re unsure of. Of course, if a tragedy of this nature occurs, the family should obtain the appropriate legal advice to go after those responsible.
By admin on June 17, 2010
New York City can be a dangerous place to ride a bike. You must learn to ride smart, wear a helmet, and of course, follow all the traffic rules. Under Traffic Law Section 1231, “Every person riding a bicycle …upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle.” But even if you do follow all the traffic rules, you could still wind up suffering an injury. What do you do then?
First, always wait for the police to respond to the accident scene and take an official report. Your injuries may not appear until later and it is best to have their cause documented with the correct authorities. Make sure the report is accurate, including your information as a cyclist. Get medical attention if necessary. Your injuries should be documented in any type of personal injury matter. Medical records should be generated and photos taken of the scene, the injuries, and your bike. Do not have your bike repaired until you can prove the impact and manner of the accident, if necessary. The damage to your property is evidence of the accident caused by an at-fault driver during your accident or if your bike hit a pothole or other defect in the roadway or sidewalk or path.
Next, look to an experienced attorney who can help you determine whether the driver was at fault, or there is some other type of liability for your accident and whether or not you bear any responsibility for causing your accident. Many times, it can be some other cause, such as a pothole or defect in the street or sidewalk or some type of construction. Insurance companies who represent drivers have examiners who are paid to limit their company’s liability. Their job is to make sure you get as little money possible. Do not communicate with an insurance company before consulting with an attorney!
As always, be careful and stay safe. Enjoy the ride – don’t get taken for one.
By admin on May 28, 2010
In New York, workers are protected and benefit from laws surrounding accidents at worksites, more so than many other states. While a worker is protected from losses, medically or by lost wages through workers compensation, it is not an exclusive remedy if there is a third party a worker at a construction site can sue, such as a general contractor, owner or other third party.
In serious accident cases, the sums acquired through a third party lawsuit can be enriching to the injured worker, even though reimbursement must be made to the workers compensation carrier when resolving the underlying third party claim. Further, the worker has the strong worker protection laws that is in place in New York to see that the worker does get the necessary compensation he is entitled to as a result of his accident. It is important for workers and attorneys from out of state to know the importance of seeking the proper legal counsel to see if there is a remedy for the case someone has.
The Saftler Law Firm is a firm that prides itself on the knowledge and capabilities it has with reference to construction accident cases. Mr. Saftler has been a past speaker to the New York State Bar Association relating to construction accidents and the protections afforded workers from falls, height related accidents where equipment falls on an employee or a worker falls from a height and other accidents at worksites. The firm has resolved numerous cases and have tried many such cases to successful conclusion, all to the satisfaction of our many clients. Call and schedule an appointment without charge or obligation to see if you have a case we can help you with. Attorneys should freely call for advice for cases for their clients which The Saftler law Firm can assist with as it does with numerous attorneys in the New York metropolitan area.
By admin on February 12, 2010
In New York City, property owners are liable for all defects on the sidewalks, except for sidewalks abutting one, two and three family residences. This covers snow and ice. Liability shifts responsibility to property owners for removal of much of the snow and ice we find ourselves surrounded by today. Under some circumstances, though, the City of New York is still responsible for maintaining our public walk ways and for snow removal. After a snowfall as significant as the one we had on February 10, 2010, we need to know who we can go after after an unfortunate slip and fall occurs.
Hopefully, you will remain safe in getting around. However, if you fall and get injured, that’s where we come in. It is always wise to exercise caution when walking in these conditions. Slow down and take smaller steps, focus your attention on walking, wear rubber soles that have good traction. But you as a pedestrian are not the only one who can help to limit the number of winter weather-related slip and falls. New York City Administrative Code Section 16-123 charges that “every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person, having charge of any building or lot of ground in the city, abutting upon any street where the sidewalk is paved, shall, within four hours after the snow ceases to fall… remove the snow or ice.” This, however, does not apply during the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m; and the four hour window for removal does not begin until 7 a.m. on any given day. Also, in determining liability, the court will look at how much time passes between the time snowfall ceases and the time an accident occurs. There is a generally recognized period of time, 48 hours, which must lapse between the two, in order for liability to be found. These rules have been set by the courts in prior cases. There are always exceptions and every case is different.
Most importantly, as a pedestrian, you must be careful. Avoid ice and snow-covered sidewalks where you can. But if you do slip and fall, contact The Saftler Law Firm and learn exactly what you’re entitled to. After discussing the facts of the incident and the nature of your injury with you, we will be able to determine whether you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Enjoy the weather, New York. You can complain about it all you like, but if you live on the planet Earth, weather is a factor you have to get used to!
By admin on January 26, 2010
Walking the streets of New York City can be dangerous. There’s traffic, pedestrians, and the ever-present, over-eager bike messengers. Keeping your head on a swivel is something every New Yorker learns early on. It’s hard enough keeping your eyes looking forward and to the sides for danger, but we must always look down as well for the dangers from below. City sidewalks are littered with sidewalk vaults. These doors present dangers to everyone on a daily basis.
The New York City Administrative Code provides for regulation of vaults under any street, sidewalks included. Pedestrians are entitled to assume that sidewalks are kept in proper condition, and a property owner must adequately maintain and inspect sidewalk vaults and the plates surrounding them. On this point, the structural integrity of these obstructions is of great importance.
Whether a property owner actually uses the vault set beneath the sidewalk adjacent to his property is irrelevant to his liability for injury caused by it. Special use of the sidewalk abutting a dwelling will make the owner responsible and strictly liable for the plate over the sidewalk vault in front of the entrance of a multiple unit dwelling.
If you fell through a sidewalk vault and were injured, contact The Saftler Law Firm for help. We can protect your rights. After discussing the facts of the incident and the nature of your injury with you, we will be able to determine whether you are entitled to compensation for any injuries you may have suffered. But don’t forget, keeping your eyes focused on the dangers below can help prevent such necessity.
By admin on January 21, 2010
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled all Graco Passage, Alano, and Spree strollers manufactured between October 2004 and February 2008. The stroller have caused seven severe injuries to toddler’s fingers. Consumers are advised to stop using these models and contact Graco to receive a free repair kit.
Graco is currently reaching out to consumers with information about the recall and repair kits via twitter and their blog. The repair kits will be available in one to two weeks. An instructional video, below, has been made available by Graco to assist those affected by the recall in properly attaching their new kit.
If a dangerous or defective product injures an unwary consumer, the manufacture is considered legally liable for product liability, as long as the consumer using the product as it was meant to be used at the time of injury. If you or your child has been injured by a recalled Graco stroller, a product liability settlement might be in your future. Contact The Saftler Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.
By admin on January 7, 2010
The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to contact the Window Covering Safety Council for information on a recall of more than 50 million Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds. The recall is intended to prevent the risk of strangulation of young children. To date, hundreds of American babies and toddlers have strangled to death on mini-blind cords.
If your child or a child you know has suffered a strangulation injury or a wrongful death due to a cord on Roman blinds, roll-up blinds, mini-blinds, or any other corded window covering, you should report the accident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission immediately. Like all manufactures, window treatment manufacturers have a legal responsibility to offer only products that are safe for use by the public for their intended purpose. When someone, in this case a child, is killed or seriously injured due to a manufacturer’s error, victims have the right to sue.
For more information, Parents for Window Blind Safety has produced a public service announcement about the dangers of window blinds:
By admin on January 7, 2010
ATV four wheelers are dangerous under risky conditions. Yamaha produced their Rhino ATV with an unreasonable design. The Rhino boasts a powerful engine, quick acceleration, a small turning radius, a high center of gravity, and small wheels on a narrow frame. These features combined make the Yamaha Rhino very unstable, causing it to roll over easily at slow speeds and on flat surfaces. The Rhino’s dangerous construction and improper safety features have lead to the death of many users and catastrophic injuries to even more. In March 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a repair program to address these rollover safety defects. Consumers should stop using their Yamaha Rhino ATVs until the free repairs are made by a dealer.
Many plaintiffs have already brought suit against Yamaha. If you or someone you know has suffered injury, or even death, because of a Rhino rollover, contact The Saftler Law Firm. We provide our clients with the dedication you need to win fair and just compensation. Let us help you today.
By admin on December 22, 2009
On December 20, 2009, an escalator fire forced the Macy’s Flagship
Store in Herald Square to evacuate. A fire, though, is just one of
many potential hazards attributed to escalators due to faulty
manufacturing, lack of maintenance, or unsafe conditions. Macy’s
Herald Square location, alone, has been cited by the New York City
Department of Buildings for razor sharp steps, tripping hazards, and
failing to report escalator accidents in the past. Violations of
escalator safety requirements, regulated by the 1968 Building Code,
are more common in the New York City area than one might think.
At The Saftler Law Firm, we are committed to helping victims of
negligence obtain compensation for losses and expenses related to
injuries sustained due to escalator accidents (Escalator Accident
Victims). Mr. Saftler is one of the most experienced escalator and elevator
accident lawyers in the New York City area. After WPIX investigated
the recent incident at Macy’s, they contacted Mr. Saftler for his
If you or a loved one has been injured in an escalator accident, you
need to contact a lawyer immediately. To schedule a free review of
your case, contact The Saftler Law Firm, serving Manhattan and New
York City. The Saftler Law Firm is committed to fighting for justice on your