Long Island Premises Liability Lawyers
Leading Long Island personal injury law firm- Edleman, Krasin & Jaye with offices in Suffolk County and Bronx, New York.
When needless injuries arise from the negligence of property owners, victims are encouraged to seek the counsel of an experienced Long Island premises liability attorney at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, who will outline your best course of legal action. A personal injury lawsuit filed in New York often recoups compensation to offset medical expenses, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering and other non-economic losses.
Eligibility to file a premises liability lawsuit is determined by many factors, including statutes of limitation, expert medical testimony, and more. That’s why anyone who has been injured in a construction site or slip and fall accident is urged to contact the firm soon as possible, to ensure that you begin building the strongest case possible.
NYS premises liability law
By law, New York property owners and landlords are required to protect guests and customers from injuries by keeping their grounds in reasonably safe condition. This premises maintenance may include regular upkeep to repair damage, providing adequate security, installing sufficient lighting, or protecting visitors from potential animal or human attack.
Faulty pavement, broken stairs or minimal security on the premises all constitute dangerous conditions – hazards that property owners are required to address in a timely manner. If sufficient repairs are left unattended, or warnings not provided, severe injuries may result.
Common premises liability claims in Long Island
If you are injured while visiting a public property or private home due to a dangerous condition, you may have grounds for making a claim under New York premises liability law. Our personal injury lawyers handle cases that occur in a variety of commercial and residential locations.
We assist clients with the following types of premises liability cases:
- Elevator accidents
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Parking lot falls
- Cracked or damaged sidewalks
- Negligent security
- Injuries due to overcrowded aisles
- Hotel and motel injuries
- Construction site accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Retail store or restaurant injuries
- Playground or amusement park accidents
- Inadequate and defective maintenance of building and property
- Physical assaults in parking garages and poorly-lit areas
New York laws goverining property owners
Determining responsibility of the landlord or property owner is the first step in pursuing a premises liability lawsuit in New York. Once accountability has been determined, monetary damages may be available through a settlement or court award if it’s proven that a property owner breached their duty to keep their building safe.
In New York, the statute of limitations allows legal action to be taken within two years of the injury, but if suing a public corporation or government agency or municipality, this time frame may be substantially shorter. As in most states, New York premises liability law stipulates certain legal obligations for property owners that are dependent on the manner in which the premises are used.
Examples of various obligations imposed on New York property owners:
- Property owners who invite guests to do business on the premises are called upon to inspect their grounds regularly and warn patrons of any dangers. Customers, who are classified as “invitees,” are owed the highest standard of care.
- Landlords or property owners that have guests that were invited as friends or casual acquaintances do not have to inspect their premises for potential hazards on a regular basis, but should they find a problem, it must be corrected and visitors warned about it.
- Trespassers are still owed some protections if they suffer injury while on another’s premises. Property owners are still obliged to warn trespassers if known dangers exist on the grounds.
Injuries stemming from dangerous property conditions
Premises liability injuries can pose enormous physical and financial burdens on a victim. These injuries may result from a range of property hazards including uneven pavement, defective electrical wiring, standing water, building code violations, wet floors, icy sidewalks, concealed holes, falling objects, shoddy construction, missing handrails, or defects in seating areas.
Throughout New York State, some of the most prevalent premises liability injuries include:
- Electric shocks
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures or broken bones
Following any type of accident in New York – whether on a flight of stairs or a public restaurant – it’s important to seek the help of a premises liability lawyer who has the resources and skill to investigate your claim, protect your legal interests and help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.
With roots dating back to 1952, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye have cultivated a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most trusted personal injury law firms in New York.
Noteworthy premises liability verdicts and settlements in New York state
The following are some cases of note where plaintiffs prevailed in their litigation against New York- area property and business owners who were negligent in keeping their premises safe.
- $3.8 million settlement for a plaintiff who suffered a shoulder injury after she slipped and fell on a sidewalk after ice was allowed to accumulate over the busy pedestrian path.
- $250,000 settlement reached in the case of a Bronx County child whose face was permanently scarred from a dog bite.
- $1.4 million verdict handed down to a Queens County man who died from electric shock due to unsafe conditions at his workplace.
- $1.5 million settlement for a man who fractured his femur after falling down a defective stairway.
Talk to a Long Island premises liability attorney
Have you or a loved one been injured in a premises liability accident in New York? Edelman, Krasin & Jaye offers more than 60 years experience litigating on behalf of slip and fall victims and those who have suffered serious harm caused by unsafe property conditions. Call us today at 800-469-7429 to schedule your free case evaluation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer, who will provide an honest assessment of your claim at no cost to you.
Representing New York residents across the state including all city boroughs and Long Island, our practice works on a contingency basis, so there are no legal costs unless we recover damages on your behalf. Our client’s success is our success and we promise to fight for the compensation you need and deserve!
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