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Update on Sidewalk Safety & Injury Liability in New York

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

With the return of winter weather, the New York City Department of Buildings issued a reminder last week to all property owners, landlords and businesses to clear sidewalks adjacent to their property of snow and ice. NYC Administrative Code 16-123 requires that property owners and landlords who are in charge of any building or lot in […]

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Potential Dangers and Forms of Negligence on Commercial Properties

Posted on July 29th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Shopping malls are designed to accommodate a large population of people moving incrowds through stores, hallways and up stairs and elevators. With all of this activity, occasional accidents are bound to occur. There are a variety of possible hazards that can endanger mall visitors, especially if the staff and management are not fulfilling their duty […]

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Residential and Commercial Landlord Negligence

Posted on June 24th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Everyone has a right to live and work in a safe environment and for over 2 millionrenters in New York City much of the responsibility for adequate conditions lies with a landlord or property manager. Tenants and guests of both residential and commercial premises are protected by several state and New York City laws, from […]

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Property Owner’s Responsibility For Slips & Falls

Posted on May 23rd, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every 8 seconds someone is hurt by a slip and fall. The odds that you will have a slip and fall accident requiring medical attention in a given year are 1 in 35. Injuries sustained from this type of accident can range from minor scrapes and […]

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New York City Elevator Safety

Posted on May 21st, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

In a highly-publicized incident in 2012, a New York City woman was fatally injured and five maintenance workers were fired after several security precautions were not followed during service on an elevator. This put the issue of elevator safety more prominently in the headlines and led to closer examination of the frequency and causes of […]

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Playground and Amusement Park Injuries

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, each year in the United States, emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Children ages 5 to 9 have higher rates of emergency department visits for playground injuries than any other age group and most of these injuries […]

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Will Proposed New York Scaffold Law Amendment Compromise Construction Worker Safety?

Posted on March 4th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

According to the New York Labor Law sections 240 and 241 also known as the Scaffold Law, contractors and building owners are required to provide the proper safety equipment and training for workers performing duties at elevated heights. Failure to do so, if proven, means they can be held 100% liable for damages and injuries to […]

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Property Accidents Due to Negligence

Posted on August 13th, 2012 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Property owners have a legal obligation to keep their property safe and to warn visitors of potential hazards. In such cases where an accident is sustained on someone’s property due to negligence or a wrongful act, there are a number of questions that arise. Premises liability cases can be complex and victims typically need to […]

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Mold In Your New York City Apartment

Posted on July 31st, 2012 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

What is Mold? Molds produce tiny, invisible spores that float around until they find an environment in which they can grow. There are over one hundred thousand varieties of mold, with over 1,000 common in this country, and their spores are flying around all the time. Many molds are helpful (medicines and cheeses), many harmless, […]

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