When we are on premises that are owned by/belongs to someone else, the onus of ensuring that we are safe lies on them. For example, if we are in a mall and there is a wet floor, the responsibility of putting a “wet floor” sign lies on the management to ensure that no one slips or falls and injures themselves. But if they do, the victim can file a premises liability claim with support from a top injury lawyer. Essentially, premises liability refers to cover accidents that occur due to the negligence of the property owner to maintain safety.
Here are some of the most common causes of a premises liability claim as seen in the United States, including New York.
- Slip and fall: A slip and fall can occur anywhere. But if it is a result of the negligence of the property owner in question (house, store, restaurant, mall, etc.), they are liable to pay compensation to the victim for their injuries, pain, and suffering. Wet floors, faulty/damaged railings/bars, inadequate lighting, slippery surface, etc., are some common reasons for slip and fall in premises.
- Animal assault/dog bite: Dog bites are common in America with nearly 4.5 million such cases every year. The dog owner is held liable if their pet attacks a visitor without any provocation or incitement. In some cases, even if the dog was provoked, the owner may be held liable as per the details of the case.
- Inadequate lighting: Improper lighting on the streets, building corridors, etc., can often cause injuries due to a slip and fall. This is a common problem across New York and the premises owner is required to provide bright and proper lighting.
- Inadequate security: If a property owner fails to maintain proper security at their property (lack of cameras, non-functioning security equipment) which leads to an injury, then the owner can be held liable.
- Defective elevator/escalator: Another common cause of premises liability injuries are elevator and escalator accidents that may be a result of negligence. Here negligence refers to improper maintenance, faulty equipment, lack of safety guards, among others.
Filing a premises liability claim
If you’ve been injured on premises due to the negligence of the owner, you’re owed compensation. It is best to work with a personal injury lawyer as these cases can be complicated to navigate in terms of proving negligence.
If you or someone you know is injured at premises and need a top injury lawyer, contact Siler & Ingber today. Call us on 1-877-529-4343 or complete our online form on this page to schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. Our consultation is free and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case.