Premises Liability Attorneys in New York

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Claims of Property Owner Negligence

Were you injured on someone else’s property? Under premises liability law, should the owner be found negligent, they could be held liable for injuries that occurred while you were lawfully on their property. Proving this negligence, however, can be easier said than done—just because the accident happened on their property, does not automatically make the owner liable.

There are several elements that must be proven:

  • At the time of the injury, you were lawfully on the property or the owner knew that you were trespassing.
  • The property owner was negligent about the condition that caused your injury. Meaning they either know about it and failed to fix it or should have reasonably known about it.
  • That act of negligence was the direct cause of your injury.

Read more about proving premises liability on our blog!

If the above elements can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, you could very well have a claim for compensation. At times such as these, it is important that you work with a personal injury lawyer you can trust—someone who will be able to help you fight for the just financial compensation that you deserve.

At Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the seriously injured; you can trust that should you suffer injury from property owner negligence that we will be there to help protect your rights. We have more than 75 years of aggregate experience that we can put to work for you.

Examples of Premises Liability

One of the most well-known types of premises liability involves slip & fall accidents, where the plaintiff slipped on something and fell down; this could be caused by slippery surfaces like wet floors or even snow & ice. These types of accidents can be minor (causing nothing more than a few bruises and scrapes), but they can also be significant, leaving the victim with injuries that range from broken bones to spinal cord injuries to hip dislocation. Slip & fall accidents, however, are not the only example of a case that could fall under premises liability law—any accident on someone else’s property could potentially qualify.

Some examples of premises liability cases:

  • While walking down a public sidewalk, you trip over an unmaintained piece of concrete.
  • In a public park, a loose dog bites you.
  • You suffer an injury on an improperly maintained ride at an amusement park.

The following can also lead to premises liability claims:

  • Slippery or dangerous walkways;
  • Unsupervised swimming pools;
  • Obstructed pathways or exits;
  • Poorly built or maintained stairs;
  • Dangerous chemicals; and
  • Lack of or insufficient security.

NYC Injury Law Firm: Holding Negligent Property Owners Responsible

Regardless, if you have been injured on someone else’s property, you deserve to have your case reviewed by a legal professional who knows what they are doing. At our firm, we have handled countless cases involving premises liability, and we are ready to step up and fight for you. Over the years, Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., has successfully recovered more than $200 million dollars on behalf of our clients, many of which were in similar situations to you.

You can also contact a New York City premises liability lawyer from our firm by filling out our online case evaluation form.

Some examples of our premises liability verdicts / settlements include the following:

  • $8,000,000 – A 3-year-old child was burned by scalding water when taking a shower in his family’s New York apartment. Our firm took on the case and discovered that the building’s plumbing company had installed a mixing valve incorrectly in the boiler room, causing the water temperature to be erratic. The child suffered second and third degree burns as a result.
  • $2,175,000 – A 76-year-old widow was burned by hot water when taking a shower by herself. Our firm found that the scalding water was caused by an explosion with a faulty pipe buried in the walls, which ultimately caused water to leak. Our client suffered second and third degree burns, and we discovered a 7-year-old document that showed the landlord should have known about the defect.
  • $1,250,000 – Our client was a Lieutenant in the NYC Fire Department who was responding to a call. During the course of his duties, his mask got caught on a protruding piece of metal that caused severe neck injuries; our client ended up needed a cervical discectomy and a spinal fusion. We sued the building owner and managing agent for negligence and building code violations.

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