New York Premises Liability Lawyers Help Victims Recover Compensation
New York personal injury lawyers have seen an increase in slip and fall cases. How many times have you been pushed in a crowded mall or been jostled by the patrons in a busy bar? Have you ever been to an event and tripped over an extension cord or other equipment? Have you suffered an injury on someone else’s property?
When you go to work, out to dinner or shopping, you expect to be safe. However, many serious injuries are caused by the negligence of property owners and managers in New York, resulting in slip and fall accidents. New York premises liability lawyers like the ones at Leeds Brown can help you recover compensation for your injuries and hold negligent property owners accountable for the injuries they cause.
Who is Responsible if you Suffer an Injury on Someone Else’s Property?
All business and property owners owe patrons, tenants, and others a duty of care. They have the responsibility of keeping their property reasonably safe and from hazards.
A personal injury or negligence case arises when a dangerous condition exists and that condition causes someone to fall or become injured. In order to succeed in such a case, you have to prove that the owner of the property or premises was negligent in his or her care of the property. The injured person must show:
- That the owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and
- Failed to make it safe, either by fixing it or warning of it.
Consider this scenario: you are shopping in a store and slip on a broken container of spilled milk, breaking your wrist.
If you can prove that someone in the store knew of the spill but failed to clean it up or put a warning sign around it, the owner may owe you compensation for your injuries. For example, you may find witnesses who saw several employees walk directly past the spill, look at it, but not do anything about it.
If no one knew about the spill, but you can prove they should have known, the owner may be held liable.
Proving “should have known” can be challenging, it can be proven. There may, for instance, be a video showing that the amount of time that passed between the spill and your accident was long enough that an employee should have discovered the mess long before you fell. If you can not show that the owner had or should have had notice of the problem, you may not establish negligence.
Types of New York Premises Liability
The above type of premises liability scenario is called a “slip and fall” case. Any time a person suffers slips and falls, sustaining an injury on another’s property, there may be negligence. A slip and fall personal injury attorney understands how to assess the case for liability.
There are other types of premises liability cases that involve negligent property owners:
- Elevator injuries
- Dog bites
- Animal attacks
- Building collapse
- Negligent security
- Stairwell accidents
- Fire and smoke injuries
- Falling merchandise or equipment
What Should You Do if You Are Injured?
If you have sustained an injury on someone’s property, remain calm and remember that your health is the most important thing. If you are severely injured, have someone call 911 and wait for help.
If you are able, you should:
- Seek assistance. Often, victims of negligence just get up and walk away even if they are hurt or in pain. A slip and fall can be painful and embarrassing, and some people do not know how to react. Stay where you are and ask for immediate help. Do not leave the scene unless you are in danger.
- Document the event. Take steps to preserve evidence. Take photos of the entire surroundings and location of your incident. Photograph and document anything that may be relevant to how you sustained your injury. Ask witnesses for contact information and document their statements.
- File a report. Depending on where you are injured, you should file a formal report with the landlord, manager or owner. Make sure you obtain a copy for your records. File a police report if necessary.
- Get medical help. If you’ve sustained an injury in a fall or some other accident, it can take time for the full extent of the injuries to manifest. Sometimes your injuries may surface days later. You should seek medical attention immediately after the incident regardless of how you feel.
- Contact a New York premises liability attorney. Protect your rights if you have been injured in a slip and fall or other premises liability situation.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys to Protect Your Rights
If you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident or other premises liability accident caused by negligence, you should know what your rights are. Experienced New York personal injury lawyers like the ones at Leeds Brown can help you determine if you have a valid negligence claim and help you to recover money for your injuries.
We can help you build your case, but the sooner you reach out to us, the better. Once you do, you will be treated to hands-on service by our team of dedicated lawyers. We will assess the case, whether a general premises liability lawsuit, slip and fall lawsuit, or other injury. We will help determine if you have a case worth pursuing.
We are here for you twenty-four hours a day and can accommodate you whenever it is convenient for you. Give us a call and let Leeds Brown guide you through your negligence claim and obtain the monetary compensation you deserve. 1-800-585-4658