Category: Premises Accidents

Can I Sue for Slipping and Falling in a Store?

Can I sue for slipping and falling in a store? If you’ve fallen and injured yourself because of an unsafe condition at a store, then you may have cause for bringing a legal claim. As public places that encourage people to come in and shop and spend money, stores have a reasonable duty to ke...

Long Island Cesspool Sinkhole Fiasco

Cesspool Collapse Kills One

According to Wikipedia, a cesspool, also known as a cesspit, is a “term…used to describe an underground holding tank (sealed at the bottom) or a soak pit (not sealed at the bottom) …used for the temporary collection and storage of feces, excreta or fecal sl...

Penn Station Sewage Situation

Penn Station Sewage Situation

Usually, the addition of an indoor waterfall is an interior decoration asset. Not so last week at Penn Station, when a cascade of accidental sewage came pouring through the ceiling near the ticket booths by Track 19.

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Falling Flower Pot Ends in Tragedy

An innocent game of ball on a Marina Park premises turned deadly last week. A young boy, seeking to retrieve the ball he was playing with from a large flower pot, was killed when the vessel loosed from its position and fell atop him. The heavy object, a 4-foot-long ceramic flower pot in a window pla...

Exploding Manhole Covers in Queens

Exploding Manhole Covers Rock Queens

It was a story that, quite literally, sounded a lot worse than it actually was. On Monday, February 20th residents of Forest Hills, Queens reported hearing explosions (three to be exact), near Queens Boulevard and 68th Street....

Staircase Safety

Staying Safe on NYC Stairs

Every day, we climb up and down more sets of stairs than we may realize. Hopefully, this routine task fades into the background of our daily consciousness because the stairs we traverse are safe, sturdy, well-lighted and well-maintained. However, a faulty stairca...

Focusing on Subway Safety

New York Subway Safety

85,000 lbs. Or, 42.5 tons. That’s (approximately) how much a New York City MTA subway car weighs. The doors, the seats, the motors and wheels, the antennae and headlights, the interior lights, the heating and cooling systems, the brakes; it all adds up! To ge...

Apartment Overcrowding in NYC

A landlord in Elmhurst, Queens was bewildered to find that two of his tenants had turned a 3-bedroom unit into an overloaded 10-bedroom space without his consent. This extreme story is emblematic of a burgeoning problem that has afflicted New York City for the better part of the past decade: apartme...

Man Falls From Building

At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we try and see every misfortunate accident as an opportunity to inform our readers of what exactly went wrong, so as to try and avoid similar mishaps in the future. Last weekend, a terrible tragedy occurred. A man in South Paterson, New Jersey fell off the roof of an apartment ...