Premises Liability

New Yorkers are known for always being on the move, and moving quickly. But that doesn’t mean that if you fall and get injured–or get hurt on someone’s premises–that you are at fault. In most cases, the property owner, business or municipality can be found guilty for premises liability. Here are some of the common situations where this situation could apply:

  • Icy streets and sidewalks
  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Dangerous playground equipment
  • Dog bites
  • Swimming pools
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Faulty store displays
  • Roof cave-ins
  • Broken glass
  • Lack of proper security

A timely and thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding a premises liability case is crucial. Taking photographs of the scene is often very important. Our firm will hire accident reconstruction experts, investigators and professional photographers when necessary to uncover the evidence necessary to execute effective prosecution.

Determining the person or entity at fault can be complex but critical in making your case. For instance, property owners have a duty to manage & maintain their property and perform reasonable inspections to avoid unsafe conditions, making themselves potentially liable for a premise liability claim. Managing agents, contractors working on the premises, municipalities, or anyone having control of the property could be found liable as well depending on the facts of the claim.

Victims of accidents are sometimes concerned that if they are injured in a friend’s, neighbor’s or relative’s home or business, that bringing a premises lawsuit could harm their relationships. Fortunately, this does not need to be a factor in deciding whether to file a claim. Many individuals have homeowner’s insurance, and most businesses also have liability insurance. You have a right to compensation if someone’s wrongdoing or negligence caused your accident, so worrying about causing financial hardship to a friend, neighbor, relative or business should not factor into your decision to file a premises liability claim.

Our New York law firm has recovered millions of dollars in premises liability cases. We understand that being in an accident can change your life, and we make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured while on someone’s premises, it is important to speak with a lawyer who has experience and expertise in the area of premises liability. Sullivan Law has represented clients in premises liability cases for over ten years, and we pride ourselves on our in-depth knowledge of the law, personal attention to our clients and proven record of success.