New York Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you or a loved one been injured as the result of poor maintenance or unsafe conditions in a commercial or residential structure? An accident involving serious bodily injury can be life-changing, impacting your ability to work, care for yourself and live independently.
In the state of New York, laws require property owners to ensure that their buildings and the surrounding areas are safe. This applies to residential and commercial structures. If a person is injured while on the property or inside the building, the owner can be held liable for any injuries and damages incurred as a result of defects, poor maintenance or other dangerous conditions that exist on the premises.
With a team of experienced attorneys dealing in premises liability lawsuits, The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are here to help you seek out the compensation that you rightfully deserve for your injuries and losses. Our New York personal injury law firm is available to provide you with a free and fully confidential case evaluation. Contact The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC today by calling 877-MSL-4LAW.
Common Questions Concerning New York Premises Liability Lawsuits and Personal Injury Cases
At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, our attorneys routinely receive questions concerning personal injury claims that involve premises liability law. Building accidents can result in many different injuries, including broken bones, neck and spinal cord injuries, electrocution, burns, head injuries and beyond. A small portion of cases can end in a fatality.
Many are unfamiliar with the laws surrounding premises liability and personal injury cases, so our legal team has compiled some information on some of the most common questions that we receive on this topic.
Where Do Building Accidents Occur?
These cases may unfold in a retail shop, office or other commercial building.
Premises liability claims can also arise in a residential structure, such as an apartment building or another structure with rental units. In these cases, the property owner is required to maintain certain areas of the property. Any maintenance or repairs that are performed inside a rental unit must be performed in a safe, non-negligent manner.
Landlords must keep the property (the building and the surrounding land) in a safe, well-maintained condition. If the property owner is negligent in terms of repairs and maintenance, they may be liable for any injuries or losses that arise as a result of that negligence. Notably, a lessee – as in the case of a commercial property – may be liable for the conditions inside the structure (such as a wet floor, for instance).
What are Some of the Most Common Types of Building Accidents and Premises Liability Cases?
Personal injury claims involving premises liability can take many different forms, including, but not limited to:
- slip and fall accidents;
- stairs-related accidents, including cases with defective steps or railings;
- falls due to insufficient, damaged or missing safety railings;
- trip and fall accidents due to improperly-maintained pathways, sidewalks or flooring;
- pool- and water-related accidents, including drowning;
- electrocution accidents;
- elevator accidents; and
- ceiling collapses or other structural failures.
There have even been premises liability cases filed in situations involving a party who was attacked in an area that lacked proper lighting and security measures.
In cases where an accident occurred while an individual was working, the case may require a workers’ compensation attorney, with experience in dealing with on-the-job injuries.
What Do You Need to Prove in a Building Accident Case Involving Premises Liability?
Your lawyer will need to prove that the defendant either caused the unsafe conditions or knew (or should have known) about the conditions, but failed to take appropriate action to remedy the danger.
A personal injury lawyer also needs to offer evidence to suggest that the unsafe conditions were a primary factor in causing the victim’s injuries or death.
Another point that may come into play is known as comparative negligence, which refers to any negligent actions that are attributed to the victim. The courts typically seek to determine what, if any, role the victim had in causing the situation or circumstances that led to the accident. In some cases, a percentage of responsibility may be attributed to the plaintiff, impacting how much they receive by way of compensation.
What Should I Do If I’m Involved in a Building Accident?
Time is critical in a personal injury case or wrongful death case involving premises liability, so it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim.
Investigating your case is important, and you can generally get the best results when that investigation begins as soon as possible. In fact, if you’re physically able to do so, take photographs of the location where you were injured immediately after the incident occurs. This is important because it helps to establish the exact conditions at the time of the mishap. This is key, as a potential defendant could make alterations in an attempt to limit their liability.
If anyone witnessed the accident, make an effort to get their name and contact information.
Treating and documenting injuries is equally important. It’s best to get medical treatment immediately after the accident to ensure the best possible outcome for your injuries. Remember, some very serious and even life-threatening injuries may not be apparent immediately. In addition, all visible injuries should be photographed.
One of our experienced New York personal injury attorneys can offer guidance and recommendations to maximize your chances of a good outcome to your injury claim.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Increase My Chances of Compensation Following a Building Accident?
By working with a qualified attorney dealing in personal injury and wrongful death cases, you can maximize your chances of a positive outcome to your case.
One important point is to document not only your injuries, but also your treatments and the effect on your life, including finances, your ability to care for yourself and your mental or emotional health.
Many accident victims keep a journal to track their medical appointments, injury-related expenses, their day-to-day progress, and setbacks, along with information on how the injury has impacted their life. From being unable to work, missing college classes and having to turn to others for help with everyday tasks, an injury can impact more than just your physical and mental health; it can impact every aspect of your life. It is helpful to clearly document this impact, as this information may be considered when the court determines the compensation that you’re eligible to receive.
Our Attorneys Represent Clients Involved in New York Building Accidents and Premises Liability Cases
With over 100 years of collective experience, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are here to assist with all of your personal injury claims, working to help you get the injury compensation you need to recover and reclaim your life. In addition to bodily injury claims, our legal team can also assist with more serious cases such as a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from an accident inside a building.
If you or a loved one have been injured and need help from a premises liability and building accident lawyer in New York, trust The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC. Call us today to arrange a free, no-obligation case evaluation by calling 877-MSL-4LAW.
What you need to know…
Pedestrian and sidewalk accidents can happen anywhere and are not limited to busy streets. Residential and public swimming pools pose a real danger of injury and death, especially to young children. In some locations, inadequate security – poor lighting and the lack of guards or alarm systems – can lead directly to personal injuries from muggings and other crimes. Even shopping can be dangerous if a retailer fails to clean up spills or move hazardous obstacles. New York and New Jersey property owners have a legal duty to safeguard their visitors and guests from hazardous conditions.