Liability for Elevator Failure

By on 1-28-2014 in Traveling

People in most parts of the world have ridden an elevator at least once, and most city folks routinely ride them several times a day. Few seem to realize that it is a metal box suspended by cables run by a series of gears and pulleys and driven by electricity, regularly bearing loads of 100 to 1,000 kilograms. An elevator failure can happen at any time, and it is really amazing that only one in 12 million elevator rides will result in a mechanical breakdown.

The elevator is a complex arrangement of moving parts that need regular assessment, maintenance and replacement. There are strict rules and regulations in force in most states which make elevators extremely safe. When an elevator failure happens which results in injury or death, though, the property owner or manager is not automatically liable.

If the elevator failure is due to the failure of the property owner to have the elevator maintained regularly, or to repair a malfunctioning unit, then premises liability will come into play. The property owner has a duty to ensure the safety of the people who use the facilities, and that includes elevators.

However, if the elevator failure happened because of technician error or incompetence, then liability becomes a little bit more complicated. The property owner could be sued for failing to engage reliable service providers, and the technician and maintenance company could be sued as well for failing to do the job properly. If on the other hand a replacement part malfunctioned despite being properly installed, the manufacturer could be liable.

To determine who is liable for personal injury or wrongful death in an elevator failure, have a lawyer assess the case as it stands. An experienced litigator will be able to gather evidence and facts that will pinpoint the person or entity liable for the elevator failure, which is the first step in getting compensation.

Choosing the Cruise Ship

By on 1-28-2014 in Traveling

Choosing just the right cruise ship to match your needs is about the most important thing you have to consider when thinking of going on a cruise ship vacation. Just like choosing a date, there are certain general criteria that need to be met in order for there to be any chance of having a good time.

There are several factors that impact the choice of cruise ship. The most crucial factor is the purpose of the trip. Is it for a honeymoon? Is it the first or second? Is it for a family vacation? For self-exploration? As a reward for a job well-done? Perhaps it is a chance to do some serious gambling. Whatever the reason, it will determine what amenities the cruise ship has to have to satisfy the needs of the cruiser.

The next question would be who is going. If it is a family vacation, are the children very young, teenagers, or young adults? Are the parents senior citizens, middle-aged, or young? If going solo or with friends, what are the ages and status? Should there be a lively nightlife, or is it more important to have mascots on board?

There are cruises that are adults-only, which is ideal for passengers who are single, who plan to gamble, and those on a romantic stint. They would have a well-stocked bar, charming restaurants, casino, and a variety of shops, spas, and salons. There would also be a lot of opportunities for mixing and matching for those looking to renew connections or make new ones.

There are also cruise ships that are well-equipped to handle the demands of very young children and active teenagers with ample outdoor activities and indoor entertainment.  Such crew ships would have computer games, movie showings, and sports for all ages. And then there are cruises for those seeking adventures in exotic places. These cruisers are more likely to spend most of their time and energy on shore excursions than sunbathing on the lido deck or shopping in onboard establishments.

When choosing what cruise to go on, it is important to first determine the kind of cruise ship will fit your requirements as well as your budget. Once you have done this, it should be easy to narrow down your choices.