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Other than motor vehicle accidents, premises liability cases are the most common personal injury lawsuits that are filed in or around New York City. Almost all of these cases involve the failure of an owner or occupier of land to use due care and caution in the maintenance of their premises so as not to cause an unreasonable risk of danger to customers, visitors and sometimes even trespassers. If you or somebody close to you was injured by the carelessness and negligence of somebody who created or permitted an unreasonable risk of harm on property that they own or occupy, you’re probably eligible for compensation.

The duty of care
Those who enter onto the property of another are classified as invitees, licensees or trespassers. Different duties apply to each classification of visitor.

Invitees are owed a duty of ordinary care by the owner or occupier of land. Invitees are usually on property for the commercial benefit of the owner and occupier. The premises owner or occupier must periodically inspect the premises. Any dangerous conditions must be remedied.

An example of a licensee would be a social guest at a person’s home. In the context of an invitee, an owner or occupier has no duty to inspect or repair a premises. There is a duty to warn licensees of any dangerous conditions.

Those who have no legal right to be on the premises are trespassers. There is no legal duty to trespassers other than to refrain from intentionally or recklessly injuring them.

Slip and falls and trip and falls
The most common premises liability cases involve slip and falls and trip and falls. In a slip and fall, the victim usually falls backward. In a trip and fall, he or she usually falls forward. Slip and falls are usually created by ice, water or foreign substances on walking surfaces. The most common slip and fall injuries involve:

  • Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Shoulder fractures and dislocations
  • Spinal injuries

Trip and falls are ordinarily caused by uneven walking surfaces or holes in those surfaces. The most common trip and fall injuries involve:

  • Facial fractures and traumatic dental injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Rib fractures and organ damage
  • Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder fractures and dislocations

Falling merchandise
Retail warehouses are a relatively new concept in merchandising, but falling products in the aisles of these warehouses have caused thousands of injuries and even some deaths. These types of accidents usually result from merchandise that’s unsecured without any safety devices and stacked high and in an unstable manner. In these types of cases, it’s difficult for the owner or occupier of the retail warehouse to allege that the injured customer was partially at fault for the accident. Regardless of the fact that the injured person has a duty to use due care and caution for his or her own personal safety, there’s no duty incumbent on a customer to look to the sky for falling merchandize or to even expect it to fall.

Elevator and escalator accidents
Both elevators and escalators are considered forms of transportation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17,000 people are injured and 30 people die every year in elevator and escalator accidents. Elevators account for about 90 percent of the deaths and 60 percent of the injuries. Although trapped clothing and shoes share in the causes of escalator accidents, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that about 75 percent of all escalator injuries and deaths are the result of falls from or falls on escalators. Accidents involving elevators and escalators can result from the carelessness and negligence of:

  • Owners and occupiers of property
  • Maintenance and repair companies
  • The manufacturers themselves

Since both elevators and escalators are both large mechanical devices, many of their components can fail. There aren’t any safety restraints or air bags to protect passengers, so they’re vulnerable to serious injuries. Common elevator accident scenarios can involve:

  • Trip and falls when the elevator isn’t level with the floor
  • Body parts being trapped in the doorway
  • Shaft falls if a cable breaks

Since the mechanical design of an escalator is like that of a conveyor belt with stairs, the injury scenarios that they present are different. Common escalator accidents can involve:

  • Clothing or body parts becoming entrapped between steps
  • Sudden stops or reverses resulting in falls
  • Slip and falls at the base of one floor or the other

Inadequate security
These cases most often occur in apartment and office buildings when a person is injured as a result of a criminal act by a third person. They’re highly fact specific. Like in any other premises liability case, the victim will need to show that:

  • The owner or occupier of the land owed him or her a duty of care
  • There was a breach of that duty
  • The breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries
  • The victim suffered legally recognized damages

If there were prior similar crimes on or immediately near the subject property, and its owner or occupier knew or should have known about them, they could be deemed foreseeable. He or she would need to take reasonable measures to protect people lawfully on the property from attacks. Accordingly, the owner or occupier of the property could be held liable for damages.

Swimming pool accidents
The general rule is that owners and occupiers of land owe no duty to trespassers, but when the trespassers are children sneaking in to use an attractive nuisance like a swimming pool, an exception to the general rule arises. The attractive nuisance doctrine recognizes that children don’t understand certain risks or dangers, so owners and occupiers of land must use reasonable care to protect children from the dangers on the property that attract them. Reasonable care might consist of fences, locks and filter covers. If there’s a hazardous condition on a property like a swimming pool or trampoline, the owner or occupier of the property can be held liable for injuries to the minor even if he or she is a trespasser.

Other types of premises liability cases are also actionable. Those might include, injuries suffered at stadiums, bars, recreational facilities or even streets and sidewalks. Injuries suffered on property owned or occupied by others is often compensable. Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation if you believe that you were injured by the negligence of an owner or occupier of a premises. You need not bring a penny. Legal fees aren’t payable until we obtain compensation for you.

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