Westchester County Premises Liability Lawyer
Although owners of commercial, government, and private property have a legal duty to ensure their premises are free of dangerous conditions, each year thousands of people are injured in grocery stores, big box stores, clothing stores, office buildings, federal and local government buildings, and on private property because owners, managers, and landlords failed to properly maintain their premises. While some accidents are minor, others leave the victims with tragic injuries, requiring expensive treatment or lifelong care such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures. In other cases the victim does not survive. However, under New York law victims of slip and fall, trip and fall, and other types of property accidents can hold the owner or other responsible party legally liable through a premises liability lawsuit. If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to a hazardous condition on another person's property, contact an experienced Westchester County premises liability lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. With over 20 years of experience winning substantial compensation for injured victims, we are here to help.Types of premises liability accidents
Under New York law, property owners must take reasonable steps to make sure that their property is safe and free from hazards. Common situations that may give rise to premises liability lawsuits are:
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool accidents
- Inadequate maintenance
- Retail store accidents
- Restaurant accidents
- Sidewalk falls
- Elevator accidents
- Road design accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent or inadequate security leading to assaults or rape
Regardless of the type of accident, if you were injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to damages. Contact an experienced Westchester County premises liability lawyer to discuss what happened to you.Responsibility
Generally the owner of the property is the person responsible for maintain the property and would be liable in a premises liability case. However, it is not unusual for stores, professional offices, and other commercial properties are leased to tenants. If the property is leased, the owner of the property might not control the property. Instead the business leasing the property may have control over the premises and would be responsible for the maintenance.
If the property is a residential building, then the responsibility for a hazardous condition may belong to the owner, tenant, landlord, or property manager. In addition, a contractor working on the premises might also share in the liability.Pursuing Damages
Even if you are able to establish that a hazard on another person’s property led to your injury, you will not receive financial compensation if you do not have evidence that you suffered compensable losses. To receive compensation for your medical bills, for example, make sure you keep copies of your bills and receipts for any care you received, including prescriptions and medical equipment. An experienced premises liability attorney in Westchester County can let you know which records you would need to have.
A serious injury would likely cause you to miss a considerable amount of work, resulting in lost wages and lost benefits. This may include not only the amount that you would normally get paid each pay period, but also the value of benefits that you lost because you mad to miss work. You would also be entitled to loss of future earning capacity if as a result of your injuries you are no longer able to earn the amount you otherwise would have.
If a family member passed away as a result of the premises accident, then their personal representative has the legal right to pursue a wrongful death claim.Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates
In order to pursue a premises liability claim it is critical that you have legal representation who has the experience and resources to protect your interests. The premises liability attorneys serving Westchester County at Stephen Bilkis & Associates have years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from accidents. 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: Westchester County , Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, and Suffolk County.