New York City Premises Accident Lawyer
Business owners, lessees, property managers, and even residential home owners have a legal duty to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition in an effort to protect patrons, vendors, and anyone who may come onto the premises. At The Law Office of Jay D. Jacobson PLLC, we fight vigorously to protect the rights of those who have been injured on a property that was not properly maintained, also commonly referred to as premises liability. When searching for a New York City premises accident lawyer it is important to choose someone with substantial experience and a proven track record in this area of law.
Accidents on Premises / Public & Municipality Accidents – Slip and fall on ice in parking lot, broken sidewalk, injuries due to uneven sidewalk throughout all five boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx…
We represent premises accident victims in Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Westchester, Yonkers and surrounding areas who have been injured due to:
- Trip and fall accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Accidents on sidewalks or parking lots
- Slippery surfaces caused by ice and snow
- Subway and train accidents
- Inadequate lighting in hallways, stairwells
- Unsafe pools/drowning accidents
- Retail store and supermarket accidents
- Neglected stairs/steps
There are countless situations in which someone may sustain an accident on someone else’s property. Premises accidents are highly common, and occur when a property is not maintained properly with no caution signs or warnings indicating a potentially dangerous situation to customers or visitors who may come on to the premises.
The most common premises accidents are those many refer to as “slip and fall” accidents, and while these cases may seem fairly straightforward, New York laws tend to favor the owner of the property. A slip and fall or trip and fall accident is not uncommon in retail stores or supermarkets. For instance, a floor may be wet or slick after mopping or polishing, but no caution cones displayed for customers. Boxes, pallets, or other items may pose a tripping hazard when left in an aisle. However, proving a premises liability accident may not be as simple as you believe, as there are certain elements of a case that must be proven in order for the property owner to be held liable. This is why it is critical to work with a skilled and capable New York City premises liability accident attorney who understands what is required to prove your case beyond a doubt.
Slip and Fall in a Building or Premises?
Injuries suffered on another’s property, whether in a home, on a sidewalk, or in a commercial building or shop, are often the result of:
- Improper or negligent maintenance of a building, store, sidewalk, street, other private, public, or commercial space.
- Complete disregard for the safety of others.
- Unsafe conditions created by construction crews, landlords, or tenants.
- Negligent snow, ice, or water removal including improper shoveling, draining or salting.
- Environmental hazards such as sick building syndrome, mold, or lead paint/lead poisoning.
- Structural design flaws such as collapsing facades, sidewalk defects, tree well defects, parking lot defects, or collapsing scaffolding.
- Inadequate security, including a broken lock, broken or unlocked window, unlit or low-lit stair well or walking path, or unclear or unmarked exit route is often the result of the owner’s failure to adhere to physical security standards and generally accepted security practices. In addition to any existing standards, crime statistics, event history, community standards, and specific risk considerations play a part in determining whether an event was foreseeable and therefore, preventable.
Proving a Premises Accident
Premises-owner liability can be complex; proving your case requires the expertise of a seasoned premises accident lawyer who is capable of investigating your case, analyzing the evidence, and preparing extensive documentation is critical to securing the outcome you desire.
In order to prove negligence on behalf of a property owner or lessee, you must demonstrate that the responsible party (defendant) either caused the unsafe condition/circumstance, or was aware or should have been aware that an unsafe condition or defective condition existed. In addition, the injured party must prove that the defect/condition was a substantial factor that resulted in his or her injury. The degree of responsibility is also usually taken into consideration, meaning in some instances the injured party may be partially to blame; this is known as comparative or contributory negligence. Depending on whether you were at least somewhat aware the premises was unsafe, it could reduce the damages you win in a settlement or lawsuit, or even result in no damages being awarded at all. As you can see, it is vital you work with a Long Island premises accident attorney who is willing to do whatever is necessary to prove your case, and collect the full compensation you deserve.
Contact The Law Office of Jay D. Jacobson PLLC Now
Slip and fall, trip and fall – no matter what type of circumstances led to your injuries, if it was property-related you must consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. Most people are never aware of how quickly they can face financial devastation until they have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. Medical bills, lost income, future wages, the inability to work for an extended period of time – all of this can add up in a hurry, potentially leaving you facing bankruptcy. Those who are negligent in premises liability accident cases should be held accountable. At The Law Office of Jay D. Jacobson PLLC, we are prepared to advocate your claim in court; we will fight vigorously for the financial damages you deserve.
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