Premises Liability Lawyers In Nassau County
Experience in New York Premises Liability Laws Since 1997
Premises liability is one of the most complicated areas of personal injury law. If you have been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, it is time to speak with a Nassau County premises liability attorney who is highly versed in these cases and who can provide you with strategic advocacy and help you win your case. Our team of knowledgeable and passionate lawyers at Foley Griffin, LLP can aggressively stand up for you, and provide the key representation and counsel necessary to win.
Do I Have a New York Premises Liability Case?
Property and business owners have a legal responsibility to protect customers, tenants, and other lawful visitors from injuries caused by unreasonably ill-maintained conditions, including slip, trip, and fall accidents.
Examples of dangerous conditions that can lead to injury include:
- Broken stairs
- Wet / slippery floors
- Missing steps
- Missing railings
- Loose roof materials such as shingles
- Malfunctioning elevators
- Icy / snowy sidewalks
- Incorrectly maintained cellar grates
- Insufficient security leading to rape, assault, or other crimes
- Cluttered walkways
- Free-roaming aggressive dogs or other animals
These types of situations constitute an unreasonable danger to visitors on the property. Premises liability accidents can occur in a variety of locations, including schools, apartment complexes, shopping malls, and parking structures. If you or a loved one was hurt because of the actions or negligence of a property owner, business owner, or landlord, you should not waste any time. Speaking with a Nassau County personal injury attorney with experience in New York premises liability law is imperative. Our team at Foley Griffin, LLP can help.
Common Premises Liability Examples
Premises liability can cover a vast range of accidents and injuries that occur on someone else’s property. Some of the most common examples include:
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Inadequate maintenance
- Amusement park accidents
- Toxic chemicals and fumes
- Swimming pool accidents
- Defective conditions
- Water leaks
- Inadequate security
- Snow and ice accidents
All Visitors Have a Right to Safety
Premises liability cases generally involve either a property owner’s failure to properly address a hazard, failure to provide adequate warning of a hazard, or a combination of both. Many states apply different standards of care to different classifications of visitors to a property, such as invitees (i.e. shoppers in a store), licensees (e.g. social guests), and trespassers. In New York, however, all visitors to a property are owed a reasonable standard of care. In other words, a property owner in New York generally has a responsibility to ensure the safety of a trespasser just as much as an invited guest.
There are four different categories of visitors, which include:
- Licensee: A person who has the implied or express permission of the landowner to be on the property, such as a salesman.
- Invitee: A person who has the implied or express permission of the landowner to visit the property, such as friends, family, and neighbors.
- Social guest: A person who is simply visiting as a welcomed guest.
- Trespasser: A person who does not have the right to enter a property. Property owners do not owe a duty of care to trespassers.
If the trespasser is a child, the property owner would likely still be held liable for any injuries sustained if the owner should have reasonably known of the allure his or her property has for young children, also known as an “attractive nuisance.” However, attractive nuisances generally only apply to manmade features on a property, such as a swimming pool or trampoline. Natural features on a property, such as a tree or a pond, are typically not considered attractive nuisances.
Compensation for Injured Victims
Plaintiffs in premises liability cases can seek a wide range of damages. While every case is different, the value of your premises liability case will be heavily dependent on factors such as the cause of your cause of your accident, the severity of your injuries, the long-term effects of your injuries, and the quality of your legal representation. For example, a person that has sustained a traumatic brain injury in a slip and fall may be eligible to receive a significant settlement, while a person who suffers minor injuries may recover adequate financial support. It is important to consult with an attorney to get a more accurate representation of your case’s value and determine the most appropriate course of action.
You may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills, both present and future
- Lost wages and other income
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy costs
- Prescription drugs and assistive devices
- Permanent disability
Reasons to Hire a Nassau County Attorney for Your Premises Liability Case
You have already been the victim once after being injured on someone else’s property. If you try to represent yourself in your premises liability case, it is likely that you will end up being the victim twice. Negotiating with insurance companies without adequate legal representation can be an uphill battle and will likely result in you receiving a far lower settlement than you deserve. An attorney who understands the intricacies of premises liability law can make sure your best interests are protected and maximize your chances of securing the compensation you need.
Other reasons to hire an attorney:
- They can help keep your claim on track and avoid delays
- They can help get you the medical treatment you need
- They can provide you with much-needed peace of mind
- They can help you pursue litigation if a fair settlement cannot be reached
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