Slip and Fall Accidents/Premises Liability
In New York State, the law requires both commercial and residential property owners to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition, undertake reasonable inspection of their premises, discover defects and hazards, take reasonable steps to either fix any hazardous conditions, and provide adequate warnings or take precaution in preventing those on their property from being injured by any such hazards. For the past 70 years, Rosenthal, Kooshoian & Lennon, LLP has successfully represented individuals and families injured by the defective property conditions and negligent property owners.
Commercial establishments including shops, stores, malls, restaurants, gas stations, who invite the public daily to their property and premises, have a great responsibility to ensure the property they invite their patrons to is safe for public use. Although this seems like an obvious and simple task for commercial businesses to complete, we often find that our clients are injured on these commercial pieces of property because the business owner and/or property manager does not want to expend the time or the money to make a simple fix a hazardous condition. Whether it is a failure to fix dangerous potholes, decrepit or cracked concrete, improper drainage, or to remove snow and ice, this type of negligence can cause significant and permanent injuries to our clients.
The same goes for residential landowners, homeowners and sometimes even our neighbors. Failing to clear snow and ice, leaving walkways and driveways uncured, permitting potholes, poor asphalt or choppy concrete, unsecured railings or stairs or exposed piping, just to name a few, the law in New York State holds these people accountable for any such conditions that cause injury to unsuspecting invitees, passersby or users of their property.
In these types of claims, Rosenthal, Kooshoian & Lennon, LLP works diligently to determine what type of insurance coverage is in place, whether reimbursement for immediate medical bills is available as well as to undertake a prompt investigation into the cause of the property hazard that caused the injury. Was the property owner aware of the condition? Were there prior complaints or injuries due to the hazardous condition? Is the property in violation of any local code or ordinance? Did a property inspector advise the property owner to fix the problem, and it was never done?
If you or someone you know has been injured through the poorly maintained property of another, please call us today for a free consultation to be advised of what your rights and responsibilities are in a situation such as this and to ensure that your rights to a potential recovery for compensation for your loss are both adequately protected and exercised.