August 10, 2017 • Personal Injury
As people drive, go to work and go about their days, there are many potential risks that they could encounter which might result in injury or even preventable death. There are steps that can be taken by property owners, businesses and drivers which can reduce the risk that these preventable injuries and deaths will occur. A New York City injury lawyer often provides representation to those who have suffered harm as a result of a failure to take reasonable steps to prevent injuries. Individuals and businesses who do not take reasonable precautions can be held accountable and made to pay damages if their failures are the direct cause of a victim being hurt or killed.
States can help encourage individuals and businesses to do the right things when it comes to preventing harm by passing appropriate regulations. The National Safety Council recently conducted a state-by-state assessment to determine how well states were doing in terms of taking action and passing policies that prevent injuries and reduce risks. Unfortunately, no states earned an A grade and New York state only got a C in terms of the safety policies the state had passed.
The National Safety Council considered state policies on road safety, workplace safety, and home and community safety. New York was lacking in a wide variety of different safety rules including:
These are just some of the policies NSC indicated New York was lacking in order to make its residents as safe as possible.
When there are policies in place to ensure safety and those policies are violated, it is easier for victims to obtain compensation for damages. A victim who is hurt won’t have to specifically prove negligence, as the violation of the safety policy can create a presumption of negligence. However, if there is no specific policy, the victim may need to prove the individual or company responsible for his injuries was unreasonably careless.
A New York City injury lawyer can assist victims in making their case for compensation and proving that the defendant was, in fact, in breach of a legal duty and thus should be held accountable for causing harm. Contact an attorney with Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff as soon as possible after an injury has happened so you can get help obtaining proof and making a claim for compensation.