Injured Trespasser

Santa Claus has a difficult job. In addition to needing to violate the laws of physics, there’s always the risk of injury. This could happen in many ways, including Falling off an icy/unsalted roof, Getting stuck in a too-narrow chimney, Being burned by a lit fireplace upon descending down a chimney, Tripping and falling over scattered…

Read More Ho, Ho, Ho…Ouch! Can an Injured Santa Claus (Successfully) Sue?
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The tragic story of Connor Cummings, who died while trying to take a photo atop NYC’s Four Seasons Hotel, is making the rounds. Assuming Mr. Cummings was trespassing, might he have a claim? It depends. A recent Second Circuit decision, Philip v. Deutsche Bank Nat. Trust Co., No. 14-4054-CV, 2015 WL 6642978 (2d Cir. Nov. 2, 2015) (Summary…

Read More Court Affirms Dismissal of Trespasser’s Personal Injury Case
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In Abraham v. Chelsea Piers Mgt., Inc. (decided Oct. 7, 2014), the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously reversed the denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Here are the facts of this tragic personal injury case, involving the drowning death of a trespasser: In the early morning hours of April 1, 2009 plaintiff’s decedent drowned in…

Read More Chelsea Piers Not Liable for Drunk Trespasser’s Drowning Death
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