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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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A Landlord’s Failure to Maintain Property

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Recently, a Bronx Housing Court Judge sentenced a Bronx landlord to 30 days in jail for neglecting to make needed repairs on his apartment building. While the landlord claimed he was unable to make needed repairs to his apartment building due to lack of funds, he was unable to prove this claim in court. His […]

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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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Pedestrians & Bicyclists Injured by East Village Driver

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Manhattan’s East Village was the scene of an auto accident in front of a Bodega that caused severe personal injuries and the driver of the vehicle in police custody. According to a New York Times article eight people were injured, three of them with life-threatening injuries. The accident also caused property damage to the storefront  and street.

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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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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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