April 2016 Archives

Banana Peel Challenge illustrates dangers of slip-and-fall accidents

It's meant to be a joke. A new craze taking over the Internet involves teens testing out just how slippery a banana peel can be. The answer: pretty darn slippery. Law school students throughout the country can agree with this sentiment as almost every student learns about slip-and-fall cases through the study of a classic case involving a banana peel and an unsuspecting patron at a train station. Unfortunately, the banana peel incident in this case does not end in laughter - and if teens aren't careful with this new craze the currently popular #bananapeelchallenge could become a not so fun #traumaticbraininjury.

Courts set high bar for finding government negligence

There was a time when suing the government for injuries suffered due to slips, trips or falls in public areas was a non-starter. The theory of sovereign immunity made such claims nearly impossible to pursue. As we noted in a post last year, however, that changed with passage of the Federal Tort Claims Act.

History at Queens spa raises question about safety

Spa Castle in Queens is reportedly open once again. The popular recreation facility in College Point shuttered its doors for a time last month under orders from the Health Department. That action followed the near drowning of a 6-year-old girl in one of the spa's pools back in February.

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