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Friday, February 24, 2017

What is a Premises Liability Case?

When injured on the property of another individual, you could be entitled to a substantial amount of monetary compensation for your injuries. Property owners and managers have a legal duty to make sure that their premise is free from hazards that could cause damage to a visitor. If they haven't taken proper precautions, then they could be liable for resulting injuries. There are a large variety of places that that can pose dangers to visitors, and the owner of the premises is responsible for anything that occurs in these areas. Many personal injury cases take place around a swimming pool at an individual's home. The owner must take the steps to protect guests, both children and adults, from falling into the pool. A similar circumstance includes a business that has slippery floors or broken structures. Someone could slip and fall, or trip and become seriously injured on a broken surface or structure. If you or a loved one has suffered on another individual's property, feel free to speak with a New York accident lawyer at our personal injury law firm. We can give you important information that will help you make decisions about pursuing a claim.

There are Many Factors to Determining Liability

The number of factors which can affect liability is quite large, but our premises liability lawyers are well versed in all of them. The manager or owner of the property can be held responsible and will be liable to provide the victim with compensation.  Did the manager or the owner of the property create the hazardous condition?  Did the manager or owner of the property have actual knowledge of the hazardous condition?  Did the manager or owner of the property fail to take proper steps to remediate the condition when they should have been aware of the hazardous condition?  An owner is also responsible for monitoring their property to ensure that risks don't develop that could cause harm to guests.  Proper steps should be taken to warn visitors about the danger that his or her property holds.

We can discuss the events of your accident and determine whether there is a viable premises liability case for you. Once we have this figured out, we will help you proceed from there. You don't have to work through your accident alone, and you shouldn't. Having professional legal representation shows the liable party and their insurance company that you mean business when it comes to seeking justice.

Holding the Liable Party Responsible

There are a variety of circumstances that can lead to injuries on another individual's property. Sometimes they are difficult to define, but often they are issues that occur on many different properties. Often owners simply don't have a problem fixed until is causes an actual accident, which is unacceptable for the safety of visitors. Some of the most common safety hazards that can be found on properties include:

  • Insufficient lighting
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Improper construction or installation
  • Broken or raised sidewalk flags
  • Improper removal of snow and ice
  • Broken facilities/equipment
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Falling objects
  • Lack of fencing
  • Lack of proper security
  • Improper/lack of signs or warning

It is important to speak with a lawyer from our personal injury law firm if you have been injured because of one of the above issues or a similar problem. If you don't see the cause of your accident on the list, that doesn't mean it isn't a viable claim. At The Law Offices of Effie Soter, P.C., we have the experience to help you navigate each circumstance, no matter what happened. We can perform a thorough investigation to determine the best route to take with your claim. By assessing the case and examining the location, we can build a personal injury case to ensure that you obtain the maximum compensation that you deserve. We can help you prepare for what lies ahead and provide you with answers to all of your questions. With expert advice, you have a much better chance of finding success with your claim and getting what is rightfully yours.

An injury can occur inside or outside. If you have been injured by an accident caused by a property owner’s negligence, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. Do not contact an attorney until you have received a diagnosis for your injury and appropriate medical treatment. In New York, in most cases, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim.  If your personal injury claim involves the State, the City of New York, or any other municipal agency, the time limit for filing a personal injury claim is shortened.  A general overview about personal injury statute of limitations can be seen here.

New York Premises Liability Attorneys

If you have been injured in an accident on another individual’s property that he or she could reasonably have prevented by taking better care of the property, you could have grounds for a premises liability claim. After you have received a proper diagnosis and treatment for your injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to begin discussing your claim. Our experienced team of attorneys are available to meet with you and to go over your options for pursuing a premises liability claim.  We can provide you with compassionate and thought out legal guidance and the proper representation that you need as you pursue your personal injury claim against the at-fault party.  To schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, please call our office at (646) 504-7384 or email us at effie@soterlawpc.com 

 


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