New York Premises Liability Attorney & Slip/Trip and Fall Lawyer
Did you know that most homeowners insurance policies or renters insurance policies cover injuries that occur on the premises? Did you know that they might even have coverage for medical expenses. Did you know that just because you were injured at someone else’s premises (home), the owner may not be responsible or liable. In New York State, you must show negligence before you can recover for your injuries. Call my office to find out what negligence is and whether you may have a case!
Slip/Trip and Fall
Slip and falls, trip and falls and other similar accidents are generally known as premise cases. In almost all cases, there is someone that is legally responsible if you are injured on their property due to their negligence (or fault). This could be the property owner, the renter, the property management company, a municipality such as the City of New York, a contractor doing work on the property or an entity that has exclusive control over the property.
Did you know that most homeowners insurance policies or renters insurance policies cover injuries that occur on the premises. These polices may also cover the negligence of their insureds even if the accident does not occur on their property, so long as they were negligent and caused your injury.
What about cases on city property, such as sidewalks and crosswalks? If the defect that caused your accident is on a New York City sidewalk and if it is in front of a single or two family home, then the City is liable for your injuries, but only if there is “prior written notice”. Prior written notice means that the City of NY received from someone at some time, more than 15 days prior to your accident, written notice about the defect that caused your injury and that the City failed to repair it before your accident. The same applies to cross-walk cases. If the defect is in front of anything other than a single or two family home (apartment building, commercial space, etc.), then the private land owner is liable for your injuries, provided that we can prove that they were negligent. Although this is the rule for New York City cases, it may or may not apply to other cities and towns.
Call my office today to find out if you have a strong premise liability case and who is responsible to compensate you for your injuries!