Many slip, trip, and fall accidents are the direct result of a property owner’s negligence, or their failure to maintain a safe environment for others. Unfortunately, when these accidents occur, they can result in serious injuries for the individuals involved. Many victims of slip and fall, or trip and fall accidents suffer physical pain, as well as financial damages.
That being said, many victims of slip and fall, as well as trip and fall accidents can recover compensation for the physical and financial damages that they have sustained in what is known as a premises liability lawsuit.
New York’s Premises Liability Lawyers
If you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall, or a trip and fall accident in the State of New York you may be entitled to compensation for the damages that you’ve sustained. Our experienced premises liability lawyers are dedicated to helping you recover the compensation that you deserve. We will evaluate your case and help you make the best decisions based on your specific circumstances. You can read below to learn more about premises liability in slip, trip, and fall accidents.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a term that refers to the liability that a property owner or manager has for certain types of injuries that occur on his or her property. More specifically, premises liability is the inherent legal responsibility of a landowner to keep his or her property safe for all employees and patrons of that property. When the owner or manager of a property fails to maintain a safe environment, or acts negligently in some way, he or she may be held liable for any injuries that occur in a premises liability lawsuit.
Premises Liability In Slip, Trip & Fall Cases
Many of the slip, trip and fall accidents that occur in New York can be prevented by adhering to reasonable safety and maintenance standards. However, many property owners fail to take the necessary precautions to avoid these accidents, and as a result, injuries occur. When the negligence of a property owner causes an accident to occur, the injured party may be able to sue the property owner to recover damages.
For example, one of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents during the winter is snowy or icy sidewalks. In New York, the responsibility of maintaining a hazard-free sidewalk typically falls on the owner of the property adjacent to or connected to the sidewalk in question. Therefore, if property owners fail to clear snow or ice from their sidewalk, they can be held liable for certain injuries that happen due to the hazardous conditions being present.
Proving Fault In A Slip, Trip & Fall Accident
The fact that you were injured by a hazardous condition on someone else’s property does not necessarily mean that the owner or manager of that property was responsible and will be held liable for your injuries. In order to win a slip and fall, or trip and fall case based on premises liability, you must be able to prove negligence.
To prove negligence, you must show that a dangerous condition existed on the property and you must also be able to prove that the dangerous condition caused the accident which led to your injury. Furthermore, you must be able to show that an owner, manager or employee at the establishment knew about the dangerous condition and failed to do anything about it. Additionally, it is possible to prove liability by arguing that the owner or employee of a premises should have known about the hazardous condition if they had been following reasonable safety etiquette.
Do I Need A Premises Liability Attorney?
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury in a slip and fall, or trip and fall accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. However, proving negligence in a premises liability case can be very difficult. For example, if you slipped on a spill in a supermarket isle, you may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit against the store manager or property owner . However, the owner or manager may argue that neither they nor their employees knew about the accident and therefore, could not have done anything to prevent your accident from occurring.
While you deserve to receive rightful compensation for any injuries caused by others, you must be able to prove fault. Fortunately, a qualified attorney with experience in premises liability will know how to prove fault and maximize your chances of recovering the money you are owed.
Contact A New York Premises Liability Lawyer
At Lever Gottfried Ecker PLLC, we are dedicated to recovering compensation for our clients. Our experienced premises liability attorneys have extensive knowledge in premises liability law and are equipped with the knowledge that it takes to prove liability in slip, trip and fall cases.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall, or trip and fall accident in New York? Contact us for a free case evaluation. We will help you analyze your legal options and determine the best course of action based on your specific circumstances. Visit our offices located at 120 Bloomingdale Road, Suite 401 in White Plains, NY. While our offices are located in the Westchester area, we serve clients throughout the State of New York including those in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island, as well as individuals outside of the Greater New York City area.