Sexual misconduct by priests has been in the news for many years now. Many have suffered from those who are in the position of power. A recent announcement from the diocese hopes to bring the end of decades of suffering.
As this blog has discussed previously, landowners in New York, including owners of all types of businesses, have a duty to keep their business buildings safe and secure for their guests, including folks off the street who might just be stopping in on business. A part of this duty is to protect people from a slip and fall.
The State of New York has strict rules regarding safety measures that homeowners must use if they wish to install or maintain just about any type of swimming pool in their backyard. These rules help ensure that a property owner has done what he or she can to keep the pool from becoming a hazard to other people, especially children who may be curious and fall in but not be able to swim.
A previous post on this blog discussed how business owners, including owners of the many apartment complexes where Long Island residents and other New Yorkers live, have an obligation in many cases to keep the property reasonably secure and, as much as possible, free from criminal activity.
Most Long Island residents and other New Yorkers know intuitively that a retail store, apartment complex or other business has an obligation to those whom it serves to provide a physically safe property in the sense that no one is going to fall, get hit over the head or otherwise get into an accident and suffer a slip and fall or other injury as a result.
When New Yorkers enter onto the property of another, they probably don't think much about their safety. This is especially true when it comes to a business. There is good reason for this. Under premises liability law, a property owner may be held liable for any injuries suffered on his or her property. This is true when the injuries are suffered by a hazardous property condition, and the property owner knew about that condition but failed to remedy it. A property owner can also be liable if dangerous conditions exist that the property owner didn't know about, but should have known about if he or she were exercising reasonable care. In these circumstances, a victim may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.