The Invisible Dangers of a Winter Wonderland

Due to the increased risk of accidental slip-and-fall injuries that occur because of snow and ice along sidewalks, it...

Distinguished Scores a Hole in One!

Distinguished has made an acquisition that should interest both golfers and brokers alike! In this press release published Dec....

From the Labor Law Claim Files - More Than Just a Pain in the Neck

While a kitchen remodel was underway in the ground-floor apartment of his four-unit brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Professor Walter Montgomery...

Whitepaper - If I Fought the Law, Would the Law Win?

Without a higher limit on their general liability, homeowners could be in for a world of hurt – the...

Flood Commissions on the Chopping Block

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. and also the most costly, according to FEMA. The...
Real Estate, Risk Insight
The Invisible Dangers of a Winter Wonderland
Market Insights, Distinguished Life
Distinguished Scores a Hole in One!
Real Estate, Risk Insight
From the Labor Law Claim Files - More Than Just a Pain in the Neck
Real Estate
Whitepaper - If I Fought the Law, Would the Law Win?
Market Insights
Flood Commissions on the Chopping Block
water conservation
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Sustainability

Assessing Water Usage on Your Grounds

What if every time you filled a glass of water you threw half of it in your boss’s face? Well, that’d be bad! But that is kinda what happens with most landscaping water systems.

Half the water that is being used to sustain the grounds around your building is being wasted. That’s straight from the horse’s mouth—the EPA, that is. Community associations and other management looking to increase water conservation can target their landscaping areas as an integral place to conserve.

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hoarding
Real Estate, Community Associations, Risk Insight

When the Hoarding Hits the Fan

Hoarding. It can manifest in a few different ways, but the bottom line is clear: It’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed. The hoarder isn’t the only one at risk here, so are adjacent neighbors, property owners, and community associations.

If a property owner or community association ignores a problem, they could be found liable for failing to take action and maintain a safe environment. If the situation leads to injury of person or damage of property, then the liability is even greater. With fair housing laws in effect, the process of managing a hoarding situation can drag on, so best to start as soon as you get a whiff of the problem.

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restaurant technology
Hospitality & Restaurants, Market Insights

Move Over Martinis, the Three-Click Lunch is Here

Mobile apps, online ordering, and automated kiosks—what’s a restaurant’s best bet for adding tech? More and more eateries in the hospitality industry are paving the way for an automated future—one where sales increase, costs go down, and customers are happier to skip a line and some in-person wait time.

New restaurant technology is becoming a standard, and a digital lunchtime of ordering and paying before picking up your food is becoming the norm. A restaurant with a mobile app benefits with: enticing photos of food for customers to peruse, click-to-call buttons for customers who use the app to get ahold of the restaurant, and easy access to leaving reviews on important sites. Not to mention access to the entire menu, specials, and discounts or loyalty rewards.

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preventing legionella
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

Managing Risk: Preventing Legionella

Updated July 6, 2017: Recent Cases Underscore Legionella Exposure

Since we originally wrote this article there have been several new cases of Legionella reported where people have died and fell ill. In June, one person died and six became ill in the Lenox Hill neighborhood in New York where investigators are looking into the air-conditioning system for contamination as the source of Legionnaires’ Disease. In another incident, two guests at the Las Vegas Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino contracted Legionnaires’ disease while they were staying at the resort in the months of March and April. Both the hotel and the Southern Nevada Health District were charged with investigating the two cases, remediating the problem and reaching out to past and current guests. They found that Legionella existed throughout the hotel’s water system.

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foodborne illness
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

Going to the Chapel, and We’re Gonna Get…. Sick?

Just imagine, you’ve been planning your wedding for months and after the big day finally comes you, your partner and dozens of guests fall ill, complaining of diarrhea, fatigue, nauseousness, sweating, and chills. That’s exactly what happened to a couple and their guests following their wedding reception, which was held at an Atlanta hotel. It was later uncovered through litigation that an outbreak of norovirus hit guests of at least three other events along with at least 40 hotel employees.

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playground safety
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

Make Playground Safety A Priority

It’s that time of year again when the sound of children running around in playgrounds across our neighborhoods fills the air. It’s also a time for heighted precautions because as fun as a playground can be, it’s also a place where kids can get seriously injured.

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger are treated each year for playground-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these children, more than 20,000 are treated for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including concussion. Additionally, about 56% of playground-related injuries are fractures and contusions/abrasions, and about 75% of injuries are related to playground equipment.

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hurricane
Real Estate, Hospitality & Restaurants, Community Associations, Risk Insight

Getting Storm-Ready Ahead of Hurricane Season

As the hurricane season – June 1 through November 30 – unfolds, safety preparations should already be underway by homeowners and coastal business owners, including hotels and restaurants. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year, predicting a 70% likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). The Weather Company also predicts an active season, with an expectation of a total of 14 named storms – seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

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umbrella
Hospitality & Restaurants, Risk Insight

4 Lawsuits You Don’t Want at Your Hotel

A man walks into a Vegas hotel room. Sees a silhouette of a person in his darkened room. In a panic, he scrambles away, causing injuries to his body and mind. Bam. Lawsuit. The twist?

The “person” he saw was a mannequin, part of room decorations in a Planet Hollywood casino-hotel with 2,500 rooms. Here’s where umbrella coverage comes in to cover expenses above and beyond standard insurance limits for liability claims.

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memorial day
Distinguished Life

Memorial Day – Remembering Our Heroes

This Memorial Day, as we enjoy time with family and friends, we must stop to remember the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for our great country. We honor them today and give thanks for defending our freedoms and democracy while keeping our nation safe from threats.

To the families of those who have lost a loved one, you have our deepest sympathies and sincerest gratitude, for your sacrifice is the most difficult to bear.

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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