New York City Premises Liability
Whether the property is private, commercial or governmental, the property owner has a duty to make sure that the property is safe so that those who are on the property are not injured. When a property owner fails to do so and as a result, an accident occurs, the owner may be legally liable based on the concept of premises liability. We at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates know that a premises liability case can stem from a number of different hazards, including a fall on a broken staircase, a porch that collapses, building code violations, or poor security. We also are well aware of the physical damage that a premises accident can cause. An accident resulting from an unsafe condition on someone’s property can result in serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. This means missed worked and substantial medical bills. We are here to help you identify who was at fault and recover compensation for your losses. If you or a loved one are suffering from an injury that occurred because of an unsafe condition on another person’s property, it is important to immediately contact an experienced New York City premises liability lawyer who will explain to you the process for pursuing a claim against the negligent party.Types of premises liability accidents
Common hazards on property that lead to injuries and liability on the part of the property owner include:
- Automatic gates and sliding doors malfunctioning
- Balcony, porch or deck collapse
- Faulty elevator or escalators
- Exposure to toxic fumes or chemicals such as carbon monoxide, asbestos or lead paint
- Falling merchandise
- Falls due to failure to remove snow or ice from entryways, sidewalks, paths or parking lots
- Failure to post warning signs or cordon off unsafe areas
- Faulty wiring leading to a fire or electrocution
- Inadequate lighting leading to falls, particularly in stairwells and parking lots
- Inadequate security leading to assaults or thefts
- Slip and fall accidents to due spills or slick areas
- Diving accidents where there are no warning signs or depth markers
Brittany was walking into a department store when the sliding doors suddenly closed. The closing door hit Brittany in the face and knocked her down. She suffered a broken nose and bruised shoulder. She had to undergo surgery and physical therapy for her injuries. With the help of a premises liability attorney serving New York City, Brittany sued the department store arguing that the door was faulty due to poor maintenance.
Lauren, a 35-yeard-old neurosurgeon, slipped and fell in a department store on a broken bottle of perfume. As a result of the fall, Lauren suffered a serious injury to her spinal cord that resulted in weakness in her arms. Lauren was not able to return to continue her once promising career as a neurosurgeon. Lauren sued the department store for her medical bills and loss of future income.Pursuing a claim for a premises liability accident
Victims of premises liability accidents have the right to pursue damages based on the losses suffered. Such losses include:
- Medical expenses: All past and future medical expenses related to treating the injury you suffered in the accident on another person’s property. It is critical that you include a demand for future medical expenses because serious injuries take a long time to heal and you may require treatment well into the future. An expert will be able to estimate your future medical expenses.
- Lost wages: Paychecks and other compensation you missed due to your injury.
- Pain and suffering. Physical and emotional trauma from the injury, as evidenced by permanent or debilitating injury, or psychological problems such as depressions and nightmares
- Property damage. Damage to your car, motorcycle or other property because of a hazardous condition
The defendant in a premises liability claim may be any of the following, and in some cases more the one person was at fault owner, landlord, property manager, tenant, contractor, municipality, architect, and janitorial service.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
In order to pursue a premises liability claim it is important that you contact an attorney who has the experience and resources to represent you in your lawsuit. The premises liability attorneys in New York City at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, and other accidents that result from unsafe premises. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.