Premises liability has to do with a property owner’s responsibility for dangerous conditions that lead to accidents and injuries on their property.

Owners (and their tenants) have a responsibility to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition, to fix problems and to warn of known dangers. If they fail to live up to this responsibility then they can be held liable.

The Burden of Proof in New York Premises Liability Cases

Property owners and occupiers have a duty of care to protect visitors. Premises liability claims typically arise when an owner or occupier breaches this duty and a guest suffers harm as a result. In these cases, the burden of proof is on the injured party to prove they suffered injuries due to the owner or occupier’s negligence.

Elements of a New York Premises Liability Case

To prove a premises liability claim, you must first establish the following elements:

  • That a dangerous condition caused your fall;
  • That the property owner either created that dangerous condition, or that they knew/should have known that it existed and did nothing to make it safe; 

Most importantly you must know what caused you to fall. Premises liability cases in New York are routinely dismissed where the injured person does not know the cause of their fall. This is why it is so important to protect your rights immediately following a premises accident. 

Common Locations of Premises Liability Injury Accidents

Premises liability claims can occur in a wide variety of places. The most common locations include:

  • Apartment Buildings; 
  • Stores;
  • Office buildings
  • Restaurants;
  • Hotels; and
  • Construction Sites.

Essentially, anywhere people are using property can serve as the backdrop for a premises liability claim. The owners, tenants and others in charge of these locations have a legal responsibility to keep their property safe for all guests and visitors who use it. If they have been negligent in keeping their premises safe for all, this leaves them at risk for accidents and lawsuits.

Common Types of Premises Liability Lawsuits

Premises liability lawsuits will differ depending on the circumstances of the case. Some common examples of the typical cases that arise against negligent property owners include:

  • Slip and Fall on a mopped floor; 
  • Trip and Fall on an uneven or broken up sidewalk;
  • Slip/Trip and fall as a result of broken stairs; 
  • Ceiling Collapses;
  • Elevator and Escalator Accidents; 
  • Slip and Fall on Snow and Ice.

Many different circumstances can bring about a premises liability claim. It is wise to speak to an attorney if you believe you may have a case.

Talk to a Qualified Premises Liability Attorney

If you’ve suffered an accident on another’s property, you may have a premises liability claim. A qualified premises liability lawyer in New York will review the details of your situation and help build your case. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Ferrante and Koenig is a team of knowledgeable and experienced personal injury attorneys. We understand the complexities of these kinds of cases and are always ready to take on any challenge. Our team offers the highest quality legal representation when you need it most. We offer free case evaluations. Contact us today.

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