New York Premises Liability
Did you know that any accident or mishap that involves a dangerous condition or negligent maintenance of property is premises liability matter? Anyone that owns property has a duty to maintain a safe environment for anyone that is on their property. A premises liability issue can include a slip and fall on dangerous stairs, ditches or other uneven surfaces, slippery areas and countless other problems. A construction accident, and even in some cases failing to provide adequate security can create a premises liability issue. The injuries caused by a premises liability issue can include anything from a broken bone to a back or spinal injury. If you have been a victim of an accident on another’s property, contact a New York premises liability lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates to discuss what legal options are available to you.
It is important to realize that premises liability can arise in a variety of settings. Hotels, banks, hospitals, restaurants or other buildings open to the public have a duty to provide a safe environment for their customers. All property owners have a duty to keep a premises safe, though the specific laws will vary from state to state. The level of responsibility will depend on how the person coming onto the property is classified. People are classified as either an invitee, licensee or trespasser. An invitee is the most common classification, where the invitee has been invited onto the property by invitation of the property owner. If a person enters property with permission for his or her own purpose, they are considered a licensee. If a person enters the property without permission they are a trespasser.
Each of these classifications creates an obligation of the part of the landowner. For instance, with an invitee, a landlord has the duty to use reasonable and ordinary care to make the property reasonably safe. The landowner has a duty to warn invitees of any non-obvious dangerous conditions. If the landowner has a business, they have the obligation to make reasonable inspections of the property to discover any dangerous conditions. With each classification the duties vary, however with all, ultimately the landlord has to ensure that the property is safe for anyone who enters.
It is important to be aware that the safety of a property does not include just geographical details of a property, but can also include toxic substances on the property, or even a criminal act by a third party in some cases. Premises liability law is filled with many rules and exceptions, so it is important to consult with the legal team from our office to discuss your case. Premises liability claims are often seen in relation to:
- Slip and falls
- Negligent security
- Worn or raised carpet or flooring
- Flawed road design
- Negligent supervision at schools or daycare
- Lead poisoning
- Unsafe building injuries
If you believe you have a premises liability claim, it is important to take prompt action. The statute of limitations for these types of claims is three years, barring any exceptions.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the premises of another, it is important that you seek legal advice promptly. Our office can offer you guidance and ensure that your rights are protected. You will receive a free case consultation, so call today at 800-NY-NY-LAW. Whether you have suffered an injury due to a premises liability matter, or have suffered an injury due to the negligence of another in an auto accident, or work related mishap such as construction accident, we help you navigate through what can be a complicated legal matter. There are office locations to serve you in New York City and its five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We also have offices in both Suffolk County and Nassau County on Long Island, as well as Westchester County.