Experienced Representation For New York City Residents In Premises Liability Claims
Although slip/trip and falls are a type of premises liability, there are also many other types of accidents which can occur due to a property owner’s or landlord’s negligence. If you are injured due to an unsafe condition on another person’s property you are likely entitled to compensation. A property owner in New York is required to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition for anyone lawfully on their property. He or she can be held liable for failing to keep the premises safe, failing to fix hazards, and/or failing to warn visitors of potential dangers.
At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we represent individuals who have been injured because of a property owner’s negligence. Our skilled trial lawyers have obtained multiple multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients. We know what it takes to get our clients the results they deserve, and we never close a case until our sense of justice is satisfied.
If you were injured on another person’s property in New York City, contact our office for a free consultation.
Common Premises Liability Conditions
Premises liability covers more than just slip/trip and falls. It also includes the collapse or falling of a part of a building, ceiling, wall or other improperly secured object onto an unsuspecting person, elevator and escalator accidents, violent crimes due to improper supervision or inadequate security such as broken locks and/or poor lighting, and many types of falls not necessarily caused by a slip or trip.
Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable in New York
Property owners, landlords, government entities, managing agents, or any other person in control of the premises are all responsible for ensuring that the land is free from defective or unsafe conditions that may cause an injury to another person. Premises liability cases can be difficult, as there are several elements that an injured party must prove in order to show negligence or wrongdoing.
To obtain compensation against a negligent property owner, an injured party must establish that:
- The property owner owed them a duty of care
- Breach of that duty of care
- The breach caused the harm (causation)
- Damages (compensable injuries)
Without the help of an experienced NYC premises liability lawyer, you may not receive fair and full compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies will often try to get you to settle for as little as possible or may offer nothing at all.
At Siegel & Coonerty LLP, we never give up. Our case results show how often insurance companies try to manipulate injured parties into settling for substantially less than their case is worth. Let us fight for you and your family. Never settle your case without first consulting with our legal team.
Generally, a property owner does not owe a duty of care to a trespasser on the premises. However, there are exceptions to the general rule.
Under New York law, a property owner may still be held liable if a known trespasser is injured because the property owner failed to warn about unsafe conditions, the property owner engaged in willful or wanton misconduct, or if a child trespasser is harmed under the “attractive nuisance doctrine.” Property owners are required to protect children from injuries caused by something that may be enticing or interesting to a child.
Common “attractive nuisances” include:
- Swimming pools
- Man-made ponds
- Playground equipment
If you or your child are injured on someone else’s property, you should always consult with a NYC premises liability lawyer, even if you are unsure about whether your conduct contributed to your injuries.
Common Injuries in Premises Liability
One of the biggest mistakes that injured parties make is assuming that the harm they endured was not sufficient to receive compensation. Even a seemingly minor accident can have devastating injuries.
Common injuries sustained in a premises liability case:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Fractures injuries requiring surgery
- All types of joint injuries
- Drowning-related injuries or death
- Spinal cord injuries
- Damage to the neck and back
- Internal bleeding
- Severe lacerations or amputation
- Burn injuries
Our legal team is nationally recognized for our representation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors. We have recovered multi-millions in verdicts and settlements on behalf of individuals who have sustained TBIs. Attorney Andy Siegel sits on the Brain Injury Association of New York State board of directors, zealously advocating for survivors and their families.
If you are hurt on another person’s property, you should notify the property owner and seek emergency medical attention. Thoroughly document what happened and contact our office as soon as possible. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for damages or wrongful death based on your injuries. Call today to get started.
Get the High-Level Legal Representation You Deserve
We know that when a person is seriously injured, no amount of money can fully compensate them for what they have lost. Individuals who suffer catastrophic injuries may be unable to work or may have a long-term disability. Our NYC premises liability lawyers work to get you the maximum compensation available so that you do not have to struggle with financial hardship while you focus on your physical recovery.
Call our office at 646-960-8195 for a free consultation. We represent individuals who have been injured throughout New York City and the surrounding metro area, including all five boroughs as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Do not settle for less than your case is worth. Get an attorney that will not give up on you, your case, or your recovery.