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Anderson Cooper Sued by Interior Designer

Should the CNN anchor be blamed for accident?

I was greeted by such terrible news. Anderson Cooper’s getting blamed by his interior designer for some accident she got involved in. The New York Post writes, “A 29-year-old interior designer is suing Cooper and the company owned by downtown architect and residential real-estate developer Cary Tamarkin after she fell through a hole that once accommodated a fire pole… O’Brien fell on Sept. 22 while she was working at the former firehouse at 84 W. Third St.”

The house was described as a “firehouse (that) was home to the insurance-industry-backed Fire Patrol 2 from 1906 until 2006, when it was disbanded. The New York Board of Fire Underwriters, which oversaw the fire patrol, held onto the building until it was sold to Cooper.”

The accident was such a horrible experience for Tamarkin but her lawyer refused to describe further details.

This incident raises the question though on who should be held liable for accidents involving visitors in your property or in this case, workers in a firehouse in development. Our legal system holds the homeowner responsible for keeping his property safe for others invited to come. This involves dangerous conditions that he is aware of. Buyers responding to for sale ads for an open house would therefore be protected by the law in case they meet such unfortunate situation.

But such is a different case for Tamarkin.

I couldn’t believe how such accident can still be blown out of proportions. We’re a litigious country indeed. Any reader of this article would be thinking about the same thing that I have in mind. I’m sensing somebody’s waiting for an out-of-court settlement at the expense of a media practitioner who happens to be famous and yes, the son of a Vanderbilt. Second, it could have helped Tamarkin to realize that what she was working on is a firehouse so there should really be a hole. Anderson might have forgotten to warn her about it but common sense tells us this isn’t necessary since she knows that the property is currently in development.

Whatever the consequence of this issue might be, two things are for sure. First, owners should be more responsible for their properties. Second, visitors should be looking at the floor all the time instead of the Blackberry.

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