Speak with a New York City personal injury attorney if you were hurt on someone else’s property. The team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. is experienced in premises liability laws in New York and we’re prepared to defend our injured clients’ right to compensation. Read these answers to frequently asked questions about premises liability, or call The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today at (212) 577-9325 to schedule a free case review.
In general, property owners, including governmental entities such as the city and state, are responsible for injuries that occur as a result of dangerous or hazardous conditions on their property that the owner either knew or should have known about.
The hazard may be obvious, such as ice on steps, or hidden, such as a hole in a lawn that is partially covered by grass. In some instances, it may not be apparent, as in flooring that appears normal but is slippery. The dangerous condition could be permanent, such as broken concrete with a change in elevation, or temporary, such as a liquid spill in a supermarket aisle.
In general, an owner will be considered to have knowledge of a dangerous or hazardous condition if it is permanent in nature, because the owner knew, or should have known, about the condition before the incident occurred.
In the case of temporary conditions, such as liquid spills, the length of time that the condition existed before the incident occurred has legal significance. If the spill occurred just before the incident, the property owner may not be liable for injury, because the owner could not have known about the spill and would not have been able to do anything about it before the injury occurred. If, however, the spill was present for some time before the incident, or occurred in an area subject to liquid spills, or is a recurring event in the area, the owner may be liable, even if he or she did not know about this particular spill.
One of the most common defenses is to deny the existence of any dangerous condition on the premises or to deny having timely knowledge of its existence. For example, a defendant may argue that there was no liquid on the floor in aisle five, and even if there were liquid on the floor, they did not know about it in time to take any action. Or the defendant may argue that the floor is specially designed to be slip resistant, even when wet.
Another common defense is to argue that you were careless or negligent in failing to observe the dangerous condition-the spill, the loose carpet, the step down-and, as a result, compensation should be denied or substantially reduced. Our team is familiar with these and other defenses, and we’re prepared to protect your rights aggressively.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.