If you have suffered an injury or worse as a result of a negligent property owner, you deserve to have answers. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, our skilled New York personal injury lawyers have years of experience handling premises liability cases and will fight on your behalf to win the best possible outcome. Call us at (212) 986-7353 for a free case evaluation, where we will determine whether legal action is the right choice for you. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your losses. Contact us to learn more.
Premises liability is a very specific area of law. It deals with the legal duty of property managers and owners to keep their property safe for invited visitors. If poor maintenance of a property leads to an injury, the owner or manager of that property has failed their legal duty to provide a reasonably safe space. To prove that a property owner or manager was negligent, you will need to prove that they failed to keep the premises reasonably safe, and that you were injured because of this failure.
Depending on the type of accident, you may be unsure whether it occurred because of clumsiness on your part or a dangerous property condition. The first thing to consider is whether the property owner caused the safety hazard, knew about it and did nothing, or should have known about it. If the answer is yes to any of those, you may have a valid premises liability case.
Liability will often depend on how regularly and thoroughly the property owner maintains the premises. Common signs of property owner negligence include the following:
- Inadequate lighting
- Broken or uneven steps
- Loose rugs or flooring
- Malfunctioning elevators
- Failure to provide security measures against criminal activity
- Cluttered walkways
- Failure to warn others of hazardous conditions or dangerous substances
Premises injury accidents can occur in a variety of locations, such as apartments, office buildings, parking structures, shopping malls, and schools. The most common type of premises liability cases involve slip and fall accidents. Speak with an experienced lawyer at WRSH to discuss whether you have a legitimate claim against a property owner.
The value of a premises liability claim often depends on the extent of the injuries suffered. For example, an individual that has sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a slip and fall accident may be eligible for a significant settlement, whereas an individual that suffers minor injuries in a similar accident may recover adequate financial support. The losses that will determine the amount of compensation include accident-related expenses, such as hospital bills, prescription medications, rehabilitative therapy, and lost wages. Other non-economic losses may factor into the final settlement, including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and mental anguish.
Unfortunately, premises liability injury accidents can happen just about anywhere and anytime. Over the decades, Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has handled thousands of premises liability cases. Here are some of the locations we most often see connected with premises liability injuries:
- Public transportation (buses and trains)
- Retail stores
- Office buildings
- Sports stadiums
- Parking lots and garages
- Public sidewalks
- Subway platforms
- The municipal entity charged with constructing and maintaining that property
- A private entity contracted to maintain that property
- The manufacturer of a faulty product on the property
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has secured financial settlements for many New York residents in premises liability claims. Here are some of the most common damages your premises liability claim will pursue:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future lost wages from missed work
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death (in the event of losing a loved one)
The female plaintiff fell down a flight of stairs at work and suffered a brain herniation that compressed the brain stem, which she contended was due to delayed treatment at the hospital emergency room.
Bill Hepner recently settled a case against an architect and a homeowner for $3,625,000.00. The case against the architect involved malpractice in design, which occurred over ten years before the plaintiff's fall.
Kenneth Halperin obtained a settlement at a mediation in the amount of $2,650,000.00 for a 43 year old man who was injured in an accident involving his motorcycle.
Bryce Moses represented a woman in her 60's who upon returning home fell through the landing of the staircase leading up to her apartment.
The only way to know if you have a strong premises liability claim is to contact an experienced New York trip, slip, and fall accident attorney. Your attorney can analyze the facts of your case and help you decide if you should pursue a lawsuit.
While it is true that you may file a claim on your own against the negligent property owner, without an attorney on your side, the fight to receive your rightful compensatory amount may be even more difficult. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, our New York premises liability attorneys have helped numerous clients recover financial reimbursement in an efficient, timely manner because we have the experience and resources to hold the responsible party accountable and can handle the insurance companies on behalf of our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of dangerous property conditions, WRSH can help you understand your legal rights and options. Whether you have been involved in a slip and fall accident or violent assault due to a property owner's carelessness or wrongdoing, we will fight on your behalf to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Do not forfeit your right to hold the liable party accountable for your losses. Please call us at (212) 986-7353 for a free and confidential consultation.