Long Island Premises Liability Lawyer
Have you been injured due to dangerous conditions that were present on a property you were visiting? Find out if you can seek compensation from the property’s owner by consulting with a Long Island premises liability lawyer.
When you visit a business or someone’s home or apartment building, you’re taking it on good faith that the property owner has maintained his or her premises up to appropriate safety standards. A safe, injury-free environment in which you can run an errand, grab a cup of coffee, or perform any other task should be a given.
Unfortunately, accidents can occur when property owners or managers do not properly maintain their premises. When these accidents leave you facing illness or injury, it can be difficult to know what steps to take to recover peace of mind.
A Long Island premises liability lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP can be an invaluable partner in holding negligent property owners accountable and getting you the compensation your recovery requires.
Examples of Premises Liability Cases
Property owners are bound by federal, state, and local laws to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. When these laws are not upheld, the results can be disastrous. Below are a few examples of premises liability incidents that might qualify you to pursue a personal injury claim:
- Slip-and-Fall – These cases may happen indoors—for example, if a floor is wet—or outdoors. A common outdoor slip-and-fall scenario occurs when someone slips and injures him or herself on an icy patch of sidewalk.
- Dog Bites – If you were on someone else’s property and were the victim of a dog bite, your case could fall under the umbrella of premises liability. The most frequent victims of dog bites are children ages five to nine, but an attack can happen to anyone.
- Faulty Electrical Wiring – Faulty electrical wiring can lead to catastrophic events like fires and electrocutions, which can cause injuries such as burns and smoke inhalation.
- Unsafe Building Materials – If a property is found to contain unsafe and toxic materials that cause you injury or illness, such as lead or asbestos, you could be entitled to compensation.
- Structural Defect – If there is a defect in the way a space is designed or built that makes that space unsafe, you could be entitled to a settlement if you are injured while there. For example, if a steep staircase does not have a handrail and someone falls off the stairs.
When property owners fail to maintain their premises, even seemingly minor oversights can lead to big consequences. Your Long Island premises liability lawyer can help you get a full settlement to cover the damages and injuries you’ve experienced.
Determining Fault for a Property Hazard
New York law is weighted to favor the owner of a property on which an accident occurred. In order to get the compensation you deserve after an accident, the burden is on you, as the victim, to prove the following:
- The property owner was responsible for causing the unsafe condition
- The property owner was aware of or should have been aware of the unsafe condition
- The unsafe condition contributed to the accident
New York follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, which means that if you are found to have contributed to an accident, your settlement amount will be reduced by whichever percentage of fault you are found culpable for. It’s important to have a legal ally who will examine all aspects of your case and represent your best interests—all with the goal of getting you a full and fair compensation amount.
My child was injured at a public playground can I sue?
As a parent you may have rights to seek compensation for your child’s injuries that occurred at a public playground. To file a premises liability claim your attorney must evaluate the many factors that can determine if you have a case or not. This includes determining the cause of the accident and talking to witnesses. Also, an assessment of the playground must occur to determine the environment. Was there fall hazards? Improper surface protection? Entrapment, or entanglement hazards? Was the playground equipment unsafe at the time of the accident? If the accident was proven to be caused by negligence, you can sue for damages.
Contact a Long Island Property Hazard Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured due to a property owner’s negligence, contact a Long Island premises liability lawyer with Siler & Ingber, LLP. Simply call 1-516-294-2666, or use the online contact form on this page. Get in touch today to schedule your free, no-pressure consultation.
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