When you walk onto someone else’s property, you expect that the conditions there are reasonably safe for you. Homeowners and businesses alike should ensure that their premises don’t pose a danger to others. That is, after all, the law. In New York, property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If you’re injured because of a hazardous condition that the property owner either knew or should have known about, the owner is liable for your damages.
Many law firms take these kinds of cases “on the side,” underestimating them as simple matters that won’t demand much of their time. But that’s a poor service to clients, as it usually results in less-than-maximal compensation or even an unexpected loss in court.
A New York premises liability lawyer at Kaplan Lawyers PC understand how complex property-owner liability can be. Extensive documentation, strategic litigation, and thorough research of relevant precedent from previous cases in New York can make all the difference. We also have valuable relationships with experts in many different fields, and their testimony can underscore the veracity of your claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a property owner’s negligence, a premises liability attorney at Kaplan Lawyers PC can help. We offer free consultations, and we will not pressure you to file a claim if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Common Premises Liability Accidents
There are many different scenarios that can give rise to premises liability in New York, and no two cases are just alike. The specific facts and circumstances of the incident that caused your injury will determine the length, damages and outcome of a case. Our firm understands the importance of a comprehensive investigation and a proper analysis of the law. More importantly, we know that your case is unique, and we cater our services to meet your individual needs.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we have extensive experience across a wide range of premises liability accidents in New York, including:
- Slip and Fall accidents
- Inadequate lighting
- Negligent security
- Defective escalators or elevators
- Dangerous stairway or stairwell conditions
- Supermarket and retail store accidents
- Train and subway accidents
- Snow and ice accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Drowning accidents
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Negligent road design / Roadway neglect
- Dog bites / Animal attacks.
Of course, lawsuits for premises liability are not limited to the scenarios described above. You should know that compensation might be available regardless of whether the property owner in question is a public, private, commercial, or governmental entity.
Common Injuries in Premises Liability Cases
The type of injuries most often seen in premises liability cases depends on the type of incident that led to the injury. Dog bites, for example, often involve disfigurement and deep lacerations. Fires involve burns. Slips and falls lead to head injuries and fractured hips. The types and combinations of injuries are nearly endless. Here are a few examples of the most common injuries…
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken hips, wrists, ankles, etc.
- Extensive soft tissue damage
If you have suffered serious injuries that are costly and painful, you deserve payment for the many costs of those injuries. The New York premises liability attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC want to help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Seeking Damages – Why File a Claim?
Premises liability claims are your opportunity to get compensation for the harm you’ve suffered because a property owner failed to maintain the safety of their premises. The costs you’ve suffered are referred to as damages, and they include not only financial consequences of an injury, but also the physical and emotional consequences. Here are a few examples of the damages you can seek in a New York premises liability claim…
- Medical expenses
- Lost income due to missed time at work
- Lost income due to diminished work capacity
- Physical and emotional trauma.
These are just a few general examples of the damages you might have experienced in a premises liability claim, but each case is unique. It’s important to work with an attorney who knows how to determine all the damages you’ve experienced, so you can demand payment that truly meets your needs.
If you want to know more about getting compensation in premises liability claims, contact Kaplan Lawyers PC today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Our New York premises liability attorneys carefully review all the information we collect to find out exactly who is responsible for your injuries. We will look at the property’s owners, managers, staff and any other relevant parties to see what role they played in the incident.
Determining who is at fault for your injuries is one of the most important parts of building your case. In some cases, several parties might have contributed to your injuries. We want to make sure that the at-fault party is held responsible and you get the payment you need.
Duty of Care in Premises Liability Cases
Property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their premises safe. This is known as the duty of care, and it’s one of the most fundamental concepts in premises liability law. The owner of a property typically knows of dangers present on their premises, and any failure to address these dangers through repair or notification to anyone on the property is a breach of their duty of care.
Duty of care is something your attorney will investigate; it is not something that should affect your decision to contact a premises liability lawyer. All you need to know is that you’ve been injured by unsafe property conditions. We will gather facts and sift through all the details to build your case. You can focus on your health and recovery.
Put the New York premises liability attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC to work on your case. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get started.
Statute of Limitations – Moving Forward with a Premises Liability Claim
There is a window of time in which you can file a premises liability claim in New York. This period is known as the statute of limitations. In New York, you have three years from the time of your injury to file a premises liability claim. Though this is more generous than statutes of limitations in other states, it’s generally in an injured person’s best interest to file a claim as soon as possible.
The longer you wait to file a claim, the more time you have to make a misstep that affects the value or legitimacy of your claim. By meeting with an attorney as soon as possible after an injury, you are giving your lawyer the chance to advise you on every step of the process.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, our New York premises liability team will immediately get to work on your claim. These cases can take several months or longer to get a result, so it’s best to act quickly. If we accept your case, we will handle all correspondence with insurance companies, at-fault parties and their attorneys.