Under premises liability law in the state of New York, all property owners are required to take care of the grounds they own. The failure to do so can cause the grounds to become hazardous, thus leading to accidents and serious injuries. When this happens, injured parties may be able to pursue legal action against the property owner to recover compensation for the damages they incurred. In doing so, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.
Are Property Owners Responsible for Accidents?
When people own a property, they are required by law to make sure it is safe for others to come onto so they do not become injured in the process. This can be done by regularly inspecting the property to be aware of any repairs that need to be made. If hazards arise, they should be addressed as soon as possible and guests should be notified of them. In addition to this, effective security should be installed on certain properties to protect from criminal activity. If a property owner is negligent and fails to do so, they can cause a serious accident to take place.
What Kinds of Accidents Can Happen?
There are a variety of accidents that can happen due to a property owner’s negligence, such as the following:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dangerous conditions
- Defective security
- Inadequate maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
- Inadequate lighting
How Can I Hold a Property Owner Liable?
When a person is hurt as a result of a property owner’s negligence, premises liability law allows them to pursue legal action. This is because, under the law, property owners owe a duty of care to those who come onto their grounds. This is the case whether they are a licensee or invitee. An invitee is a person on the property for business or commercial reasons. A licensee is a person on the property for non-business or non-commercial reasons. If a property owner does not take care of their grounds, they are in breach of their duty of care to these individuals.
In order to recover compensation from the property owner, the injured party is required to prove they were negligent and directly caused their injuries. This can be done with evidence such as pictures of the property, medical documentation of the injuries, and any witnesses to the accident. When pursuing legal action, must do so within the statute of limitations. This is a deadline by which they are required to file a personal injury claim. In New York, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!