Examples of Premises Liability in New York City

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If you are injured after a slip, trip, and fall accident that occurred on someone else's property, you may be entitled to damages under premises liability law. Premises liability essentially means that building owners have a duty to keep their properties safe for visitors, guests, and residents. If they fail in this duty, you can sue for compensation.

If you have been injured as the result of unsafe conditions on another person’s property, such as an apartment building, grocery store, or even a family member’s home, please call NYC premises liability lawyer Reid B. Wissner today at 212-406-9288 to schedule your free consultation.

What Does A Premises Liability Case Look Like?

Premises liability in new york infographicCommon examples of premises liability accidents in New York City include:

  • Elevator accidents: If an elevator is under maintenance or unsafe in any way, there need to be signs posted warning people not to use it. People can trip over elevators that do not line up flush with the outside floor, or in extreme cases they may even fall into an empty shaft.
  • Falling objects: Many buildings in New York are in a state of disrepair, and pose a danger to people entering or walking nearby. A recent example is a woman who was injured when a step from a fire escape fell on her as she was walking by.
  • Slippery floors or sidewalks: Retail stores and other public spaces must clean up spills and post notice that the floor is slippery within a reasonable timeframe. Likewise, if it has snowed recently, the sidewalks must be cleared quickly.
  • Uneven or broken sidewalks: Sidewalks that pose a tripping hazard can easily lead to severe injury. We were able to obtain over a million dollars in compensation for a client who sustained a knee injury after tripping and falling on an unsafe sidewalk.

Who Can You Sue for Premises Liability?

If you’ve slipped, tripped, and fallen due to unsafe conditions, you may wonder who exactly is liable in your case. This depends on exactly where you were injured, and the manner in which you were injured. Typically, liable parties can include:

  • Landlords
  • Building owners
  • The city
  • Homeowners

Sometimes, you may be injured on a friend, neighbor, or family member’s property. It’s understandable that you may not want to sue someone you are close to, but in many cases the alternative is living with devastating hospital bills. Luckily, often when you sue a homeowner, what you are actually doing is suing their insurance. Typically, you can rest assured that you are not taking money directly from the people you are suing.

If you were injured due to negligent maintenance of a property, you should not be responsible for taking on mountains of medical debt to get the care you need. Talk to personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner to see if you may qualify for compensation through a premises liability lawsuit.

Schedule Your Free Consultation

Call the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices today at 212-406-9288for your free, no-obligation consultation. It costs nothing to talk to us, and will continue to cost nothing until we’ve reached a successful verdict or settlement for you.

We serve clients in greater New York City, including Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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