When you visit a business, private residence or other type of property that is not your own, you have a reasonable expectation that you will not be injured due to the property owner’s negligence. Unfortunately, some property owners fail to maintain a safe area for visitors. If you do suffer harm on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
To learn how our experienced premises liability attorney can help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve, please contact Reid B. Wissner Law Offices online or at 212-406-9288 today to schedule a free consultation in New York City, NY. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you do.
What Is Premises Liability?
Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is safe for you and other visitors. Premises liability refers to liability of property owners or other responsible parties for injuries caused by hazards and negligence on their property.
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If you have suffered any type of personal injury on another’s premises, you should contact Reid B. Wissner right away to discuss your case for free. He will carefully examine the details of your situation and determine who should be held accountable for your injuries.
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What Are the Most Common Premises Liability Claims?
Typical claims include:
- Slip and fall
- Falling merchandise displays
- Falls from heights
- Uneven flooring or walking surfaces
- Unstable stairways or railing
- Malfunctioning escalators or moving walkways
- Insufficient security
- Insufficient lighting
- Failure to repair in a timely manner
- Ignoring obvious hazards and conditions of disrepair
If you think your injury arose because a property owner or property manager created an unreasonably dangerous environment, or did not fix a reported malfunction or issue, or created a hazardous environment, then you may have the foundation of a premises liability lawsuit.
Falls on Stairs
If you fall down a flight of unsafe stairs, the property owner can be held liable for your accident. The key is working with an experienced premises liability attorney who has the skill and experience to prove that the owner or property manager knew of the danger but failed to fix or warn you.
Unsafe conditions on stairs can include:
- Broken or missing handrail: If a handrail is absent or broken, it makes it difficult for people to maintain their balance and impossible to catch themselves if they start to fall.
- Broken or uneven steps: Steps that are crumbling, cracked, broken or otherwise uneven greatly increase the risk of falling and getting injured.
- Steps that are slippery: Any slick surface can be dangerous to walk on, and wet, slippery and/or icy steps are no exception. Slippery conditions should be corrected immediately or marked adequately with warning signs.
- Poorly lit stairs: When visitors aren’t able to see where they are stepping, they are in greater danger of losing control and falling.
What Are Some Common Injuries Seen in Premises Liability?
Many different injuries can happen due to unsafe property conditions. That said, the victims in premises liability cases are generally seeking justice and compensation for injuries such as:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Burn injury
- Dog bite wounds and crush injury
Some premises liability accidents cause relatively minor scrapes and bruises. However, others result in severe injuries that require ongoing medical care and time away from work. Unfortunately, it is even possible to become permanently disabled or disfigured due to a hazardous property condition.
Compensation in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
Compensation cannot be guaranteed in any situation, but it may be awarded for damages including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
The calculation of the financial award is also highly variable. We can give you an idea of how damages are calculated when we meet with you in a consultation, and we can show you past verdicts and settlements in cases similar to yours. Unfortunately, compensation cannot be promised but we do pledge to work tirelessly for our clients until the best results have been achieved.
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For more than 30 years, Reid B. Wissner has helped personal injury victims obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. If you’ve suffered any type of injury on another’s property, please call Reid B. Wissner Law Offices at 212-406-9288 right away to discuss your case for free. You can also fill out the appointment request form on this page, and our team will help you set up your meeting. We proudly serve clients from NYC, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx.