New York City Premises Liability Lawyer


When you sustain injuries on someone else’s property, it is important to figure out what caused the accident. In many circumstances, these accidents were preventable if only the owner or occupier had better maintained the area.



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If you were injured on another person’s property or a commercial property, and you believe it is the property owner’s fault, we recommend calling a New York City premises liability lawyer as soon as you can. When we find evidence of the owner or occupier’s negligence, we can represent you in pursuing compensation for your injuries.

At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., our knowledgeable and highly experienced premises liability lawyers are here to listen, investigate what led to your injuries, and advise you of your legal options. With decades of experience and hundreds of millions of dollars recovered for accident victims in situations just like yours, we know what it takes to pursue premises liability claims and how to secure every dollar you deserve.

Don’t delay. To learn more about whether you have a valid premises liability claim, contact us online or call 212-490-5700 for a free, no-risk consultation at our law office in Midtown Manhattan. There are no up-front fees, and nothing until we win compensation.

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Common Premises Liability Claims We Handle

At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., our attorneys handle insurance claims and premises liability lawsuits arising from all types of property hazards and accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents: We are here to help if you were injured in a slip, trip, or stumble and fall on someone else’s property. You may have been injured at work, on a business’s property, or while at a person’s home. We routinely handle work-related slip and fall accidents, many of which occur on construction sites.
  • Lead Poisoning: Following the significant exposure of lead in Flint, Michigan’s water supply, more and more families are realizing that the danger of lead poisoning still exists in America. No amount of lead is appropriate for a child, yet children throughout New York are exposed to this substance in aging neighborhoods with layers of lead paint, lead water pipes, and contaminated soil. If your child is diagnosed with lead poisoning and you live in rental property, call us right away.
  • Stair Accidents: Our premises liability attorneys are highly experienced in stair-related accidents. We are here to help you if you were hurt because a stairwell was not lit or poorly lit, had no railing or a loose railing, had missing stairs or uneven and loose stairs. Whatever the hazard, call us to discuss your options.
  • Elevator Accidents: Elevators are so commonplace in NYC that you rarely think twice before stepping inside and pressing the button for your desired floor. For these vehicles to be truly safe, they must be designed, manufactured, and maintained properly. If you were injured when an elevator malfunctions or because there is a hazard inside the elevator, call us right away.
  • Escalator Accidents: Though escalators are used by millions of people each day without incident, they are not risk-free. We have helped many individuals who were hurt because an elevator suddenly stopped or because they were caught in the moving parts of the escalator. Whatever the specific incident that led to your injuries, reach out to us for help.
  • Swimming Pools: We are here to help you pursue full and fair compensation if you or your child was injured or your child passed away from a tragic swimming pool accident. Whether you or your child were harmed in an accident on private property or at a public pool, we will thoroughly investigate what happened and advise you of your options.
  • Negligent Security: Property owners and managers need to be aware of the risk of crime on and around their premises. For instance, landlords need to be aware of the likelihood of theft and burglary in the vicinity of their properties. Bars and clubs need to be mindful of possible assaults, sexual assaults, robberies, and drug crimes. Then, property owners and managers need to take steps to protect their tenants and/or guests from becoming victims of those crimes. When an owner or occupier fails to implement appropriate security measures and you are injured in a crime, talk with a New York premises liability lawyer about pursuing compensation.
  • Amusement Park Accidents: When you and your friends or family go to a theme or amusement park, you expect it to be safe. Unfortunately, these entertainment venues are often rife with hazards that are overlooked and ignored. If you are injured while at an amusement park, call us right away. The business, in most cases, will vigorously defend itself. But we will be aggressive in obtaining evidence and establishing the business’s negligent maintenance of their property.
  • Hotel Accidents: If you or a relative are injured while staying at a hotel or motel in New York City, call us right away. These establishments are well aware of their duty to maintain reasonably safe premises, yet they often fall short. You should not have to bear the burden of their irresponsible and careless conduct.
  • Airport Accidents: Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. routinely receives calls from individuals injured at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark International Airport (EWR). Whether you slipped and fell, were inappropriately assaulted by a TSA or law enforcement officer, or injured in some other accident, call us to discuss your next steps.
  • Ceiling Collapse: Though this is not the most common premises liability claim we handle, we have addressed many injuries and fatalities arising from a ceiling, wall, or building collapse. There are various reasons and scenarios where structures collapse, so do not hesitate to call us if you are injured at work, where you live, or on another person’s property.
  • Burning and Scalding Injuries: Landlords in New York City are required to provide hot water to their tenants, and hot water from the tap must reach at least 120 degrees. However, modern equipment can quickly bring water to much higher temperatures. When landlords do not properly regulate the hot water temperature in their properties, tenants can suffer severe scalding and burn injuries.
  • Municipal Liability: You may suffer an injury in an accident caused by a hazard on a public sidewalk, parking lot, park or playground. When you realize the city or county owns the dangerous property and not a business or individual, it is essential you call a New York premises liability lawyer right away. If your claim is against a municipality, you need to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days.

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New York Premises Liability Law

Premises liability is the area of law that determines when a property owner, manager, or occupier is responsible when another person sustains injuries on their property. Under New York’s premises liability laws, property owners or occupiers have a duty of maintaining their premises in a reasonably safe condition.

To secure compensation, you must prove the following premises liability elements:

The Property Owner’s Negligence

You must prove that the property owner or occupier was negligent. Negligence is the result of the property owner or occupier failing to uphold a duty of ordinary care. It is the owner or occupier’s responsibility to make sure their premises are reasonably safe for others. This means a lot of things, including inspecting their property, noticing when something is wrong, providing a warning to guests and customers of dangers, and fixing hazards as soon as possible.

To establish that the property owner or occupier was negligent, you must provide evidence that they failed to uphold this duty and did not maintain reasonably safe premises. In most premises liability cases, you will seek to prove that the property owner or occupier failed to fix a known danger.

A Compensable Injury

You must establish that you were injured in an accident because of a hazard on the property and you must prove the direct link between the owner or occupier’s failure to act and your injury.

If you are unsure if you meet all the elements of a premises liability claim or what constitutes a known hazard, contact a New York premises liability lawyer at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. today.

Premises Liability Compensation

If you can establish that a property owner or occupier’s negligence caused you harm, then you can seek compensation for your:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Income and Benefits
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Emotional Distress
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Lower Quality of Life

A Record of Success in Premises Liability Claims

At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we are proud that we have helped many clients receive significant premises liability settlements and court rulings. A sample of some of our results includes:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if I Slipped, Tripped, or Fell in a Parking Lot?

Parking lots are often private property, so the owner of that property may be responsible for your accident if you fall. If the owner knew about the dangerous situation and failed to rectify it or warn others about it, then you may be able to obtain compensation if you were injured.

2. Who Is Responsible at a Construction Site?

Accidents at construction sites may be the fault of many different parties, including the property owner, a general contractor, a construction company, or another third party. You may even be able to recover monetary damages if you were working at the time.

3. How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Claim?

Like other personal injury lawsuits, a premises liability claim must be filed within three years of the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions. You should seek a free consultation with an attorney to start the process right away.

Contact a New York Premises Liability Lawyer for Help

Whether you were at work, playing with your children at the park, or were running errands, you never expected to end the day in the hospital. Unfortunately, that is often what happens when you are injured on another person’s property. We are here to answer your questions and deliver some relief. Contact Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. as soon as possible, so that we can get started.

There are never up-front costs and nothing unless you recover compensation. Call us at 212-490-5700 or contact us online to request a free consultation.