Were You Injured On Dangerous Private Property?
Whenever you travel outside of your home, you are subject to the everyday hazards and dangers that exist the property of others or property owned by the city. All property owners owe a duty of care to others to ensure that their premises are safe, that reasonable steps are taken to address known hazards and that visitors are warned about hazards that cannot be fixed.
Victims harmed on dangerous property can seek compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. In New York, the firm to call for legal representation is Cohan Law PLLC. We have the knowledge, skill and experience to help you hold negligent property owners accountable for the harms they have caused.
Handling A Wide Range Of Injuries On Dangerous Property
Here are just some of the types of accidents and injuries we can help you address:
Slip-and-fall accidents: These are common inside grocery stores and restaurants, and they also frequently occur on icy sidewalks and in unplowed parking lots.
Trip-and-fall accidents: Injuries are commonly caused by objects left haphazardly on the ground, unsecured wires and cables, poor lighting conditions, uneven floors, loose rugs and broken flooring.
Swimming pool accidents: Kids are often the victims of these types of injuries, and the consequences can range from head injuries to fatal drowning accidents. Whether the accident occurred at a fitness center or a neighbor’s ungated backyard pool, you likely have options for compensation.
Elevator and escalator accidents: The maintenance and repair of these devices are typically the responsibility of property owners, but the city may also be held liable in certain circumstances.
Dog bites and attacks: Pet dogs need to be properly leashed and restrained and correctly socialized by their owners. If you were attacked and bitten (unprovoked) by an aggressive dog, you can seek compensation so long as you were on the property legally. In fact, you can seek compensation even if the attack didn’t occur on the homeowner’s property.
Assaults and other injuries caused by inadequate security: Business owners, apartment owners and others have a responsibility to protect their guests/tenants from assaults, muggings and other crimes when they operate in a known high-crime area. They must also take reasonable steps to warn guests and to mitigate crime through the use of good lighting, security cameras and other measures. If you were the victim of a crime due to inadequate security measures, the property owner could potentially be held liable for your injuries.
Apartment/rental property injuries: Landlords and property owners must respond promptly to safety hazards on their premises, including unsafe conditions in apartments and other rented spaces. Failure to address hazards in a timely manner can leave them liable for any injuries that occur as a result.
Proving Causation And Establishing Liability
Holding property owners accountable requires showing that they knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to fix it despite that knowledge and adequate time. You must also show a causal connection between the hazard and your injuries.
These are not always easy facts to establish. But when you hire our firm, attorney Mike Cohan immediately sets to work investigating the accident, collecting/preserving evidence and demonstrating property owner liability.
Talk To An Attorney Who Listens And Cares
Cohan Law PLLC offers free initial consultations to prospective clients throughout New York City. To share your story and discuss your options with a skilled and caring attorney, call us at 646-859-3867 or send us an email.