New York City Premises Liability Attorneys
Injured on Someone Else's Dangerous Property?
Have you been injured on someone else’s property — whether commercial or private — in New York City? The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. can represent your case, fighting for your rights and your future using knowledge gleaned from our decades of experience helping individuals facing situations like yours. We have decades of experience with premises liability cases and know how to hold property owners accountable in order to secure the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our team at (212) 577-9325 for your free case evaluation.
Common Types of Property Hazards
Premises liability laws require the owners of private and public properties to maintain reasonable standards of care in protecting their guests or tenants from injury.
We handle all types of premises liability cases, including those that involve:
- Elevator accidents
- Slip & fall accidents
- Parking lot falls
- Sidewalk falls
- Injuries to children
- Lead poisoning
- Escalator accidents
- Negligent security
- Crime-related injuries
- Ceiling & building collapses
- School bus accidents
- Falling objects
Responsibilities of Property Owners in New York
A property owner may be legally responsible for injuries to others caused by defective, hazardous, or dangerous conditions on their property. This includes injuries to tenants and visitors from conditions in common areas in buildings they own, like lobbies and stairways, and even conditions in a tenant’s apartment, under certain circumstances.
They may also be responsible for injuries caused by conditions on the sidewalk in front of their building or property, although in certain circumstances, only the city, state, or other municipality is responsible for sidewalk conditions.
Property owners are especially responsible if they were aware of the condition, or should have been aware of the condition, and did not take fast enough or reasonable action to fix or remedy the condition. Municipal property owners are also responsible under the law for conditions on their property, though there are additional rules that apply.
Actual Notice vs. Constructive Notice
In order to find a property owner liable under New York law for dangerous conditions that cause injury, you must be able to prove that they had either “actual notice” or “constructive notice” of the condition and did not take reasonable actions to fix or remedy it. “Actual notice” means that the owner of the property knew about the hazard before the accident, either because they created it themselves, found it themselves, or because someone else told them about it.
This becomes more complicated to determine and prove with temporary hazards. In these cases, like spills, it is important to show that the condition existed for a long enough period of time that the owner should have known about it.
Under the law, this is called “constructive notice.” The amount of time that passed since the hazard was first created is important. If minimal time passed between the creation of the hazard and the accident, liability may be difficult to prove; however, if a large amount of time passed, or if hazards frequently occur in the area, you may have a stronger case.
Common Defenses Used by Property Owners
Property owners will often insist that they did not have “notice” of the hazard or condition, meaning they didn’t know about it so they couldn't have done anything about it. For example, if you were injured after slipping and falling on a wet spot, they may argue that they were not made aware of the spill in time to clean it up. They may also argue that you acted negligently and failed to observe the hazard in an attempt to have the case thrown out or reduce your compensation.
What Should I Do After a Premises Accident?
If you were injured as a result of a defective, dangerous, or hazardous condition on someone else’s property, including property managed by the city, state, or federal government, you may be able to bring a claim and/or lawsuit for damages. This includes compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages arising out of the accident.
When your well-being is at stake, you need to find the right New York City premises liability lawyer to represent you. The important thing is to speak with a lawyer about your case before any applicable deadlines go into effect.
Call The Perecman Firm at (212) 577-9325
Our team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has a 10.0 rating from Avvo, and our lawyers have been listed in Best Lawyers® and included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Our firm has been featured in the New York Post and the New York Times. Our New York City premises liability attorneys have won more than half a billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for the injured. We have what it takes to assess your case and advise you as to your best course of action.
Contact our team today at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your case with our skilled and experienced premises liability attorneys in New York City.
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