Property owners and those who are leasing or renting space have a responsibility to keep the property in safe conditions. In New York, premises liability law requires that the property owner, manager or occupant keeps the property in good condition. If someone is injured due to faulty, broken or dangerous parts of the property, they are responsible.
A property owner or manager’s negligence can cause serious injuries. The property might be an apartment you’re renting in a residential building. It might be a place you’re visiting like a supermarket, department store or other public building. In some cases, you might get injured walking on the sidewalk, but slip on the sidewalk or get hit with falling debris.
Landlords, store owners and managers have a duty to make sure the property is maintained. When visitors are not kept safe from harm, the owner could be responsible.
Various Causes of Slip or Trip and Fall Accidents
- Spilled liquids on the floor
- Aisles filled with boxes
- Potholes that aren’t marked
- Cracked sidewalks
- Walkways or parking lot that isn’t shoveled
- Stairs with no railing or proper lighting
A lawyer who specializes in this kind of liability can help you determine whether you have a case that can be pursued.
A stairway, elevator or escalator can be the source of serious injury if they’re not maintained properly. That maintenance falls on the head of the owner, property manager or service technician responsible for the conveyance. Insufficient lighting in the stairwell, icy stairs or no handrails could be the cause of your injury. That would entail a trip to a lawyer after an injury to learn how the attorney can help.
Ceiling or Debris Fall Accidents
It could be a ceiling, debris from a construction site or parts of a crumbling building facade that falls. The type of debris or ceiling parts that fall will contribute to the type of case you have.
In some cases, a landlord might have ignored the cracked, leaking ceiling after numerous phone calls. In another case, the injury might have occurred when you were walking past a construction job site and been hit with a piece of metal or stone.
Often, the type of accident will help determine the compensation you can expect, and whether you have a case at all. If the upstairs neighbor fills a tub to overflowing and it immediately collapses your ceiling, the landlord might not be the one responsible for your injuries. An experienced attorney can help you figure out your damages, if you have a case and who could be responsible.
When an injury is related to defective property or something that hasn’t been maintained, the lawyer has to find the responsible party. It might be the management company who didn’t repair a leak properly, which resulted in a ceiling falling on you. The parking lot of a shopping mall has crumbling asphalt that caused you to twist your ankle and fall. That responsibility rests with the owner of the property or the company that is tasked with the parking lot maintenance. The hardest part of the lawyer’s job might be finding the responsible party.
If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property due to defective or badly maintained elements, that means they have been negligent in keeping you safe. The public or tenants on a property have a reasonable expectation of visiting safely without pieces of the building falling on them, or without slipping and falling on dangerous walkways. A consultation with a law firm specializing in these types of cases will help you determine if you have a case. You shouldn’t have to lose money from missing work or pay for your medical expenses when someone else is responsible.