The law requires a property owner to keep its property in a reasonably safe condition. However, when owners fail to do this and allow property to become in a state of dangerous disrepair or to permit an unsafe condition to exist, the resulting consequences can be life-altering.
Property owners are also required to comply with the New York City Building Codes. Accidents caused by a property owner’s failure to properly comply with the Building Codes can result in the owner being found liable for the injury.
Types of Premises Liability Accidents & Injuries
Common types of premises liability accidents include:
Slip, trip, and fall accidents: Property owners are obliged to ensure any tripping or falling hazards are remedied and to provide adequate warnings that alert people to potential dangers. This means that walkways must be shoveled and salted after a snowfall, cracked concrete or pavement must be repaired, and wet floors must be mopped as soon as possible after a spill occurs. Uneven flooring, loose rugs, broken stairs, and items left on the floor can also pose a tripping hazard and must be remedied.
Falling items and debris: Construction is prevalent in New York City. Cutting corners, performing duties in a dangerous manner, or taking inadequate safety measures can cause workers to drop tools and other items that can lead to catastrophic injury and even death. Improperly placed inventory on store shelves can also pose a serious hazard to shoppers.
Elevator or escalator malfunction: Improper installation and maintenance of escalators and elevators can cause devastating injuries such as lost limbs and crushed bones.
Fires and explosions: Improper maintenance and repair of gas stoves and furnaces can cause fires, explosions, burns, scarring, disfigurement, and death.
Negligent security: When a dangerous crime on a premises is foreseeable and a property owner fails to provide security measures such as adequate lighting, functioning locks, and security cameras or alarms to prevent that crime, the property owner may be liable for injuries caused by the foreseeable and preventable criminal activity that occurs due to the insufficient security measures.
How Cannata, Hendele & Cannata Can Help
Although businesses and property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in reasonably safe condition, without the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney, premises liability cases can be difficult to prove.
Our lawyers are seasoned professionals who know what is needed to establish a property owner’s negligence and to prove our clients’ claims. We understand the legal requirements and are well-versed on the ever-changing case law. We further regularly communicate with our clients’ doctors and engage economists to present the full value of our clients’ injuries to the jury.
Furthermore, we understand that each case is multifaceted. We give every client the personalized attention, time, and resources they deserve. Our experienced legal professionals handle all negotiations with insurance companies and fight to achieve the maximum recovery for our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, please contact Cannata, Hendele & Cannata online or call 212-553-9205 to schedule a free confidential consultation.