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Injured while on someone else's property?

Premises Accidents

Accidents happen, but if an accident happens on someone else’s property due to their negligence or failure to create a safe environment, you may have a case for premises liability. New York property owners are responsible for keeping their buildings and premises safe. When they cause or fail to prevent hazards or do not eliminate existing hazards, innocent people can be seriously injured.


Premises liability cases may include:


  • Slips and falls
  • Tripping incidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Accidents due to construction defects
  • In-store injuries
  • Apartment building accidents
  • Sidewalk accidents
  • Slipping on snow and ice
  • Falling down defective staircases 


If you have been injured on someone else’s premises, consult an experienced premises liability lawyer in New York to discuss your case and the compensation you may be able to receive.


Stores and other facilities in New York State that are open to the public are required to maintain safe premises with no hazards that could cause harm to a customer. When owners or employees fail to keep their property safe, injury may occur to visitors.


The same is true for homes and apartment buildings. The owner or landlord is required to keep your property safe for tenants and visitors. When they neglect this responsibility, accidents may occur that can cause serious injury.


* Special Responsibility for New York City Sidewalks and Streets


The City of New York is the owner of the sidewalks, streets and curbs. As such, it is responsible to maintain them in a safe condition. However, slip and fall accidents occur often and if you are injured due to a defect, such as a hole or crack on a public street, you can only sue the City of New York if:


  • The City had prior written notice of the defective condition, filed with the proper agency at least 15 days before the accident occurred, or


  • The City or someone on its behalf actually caused or created the condition that led to the injury

However, owners of buildings greater than 3 family residences, smaller buildings that are not exclusively residential, and commercial buildings are charged with the duty to maintain the sidewalk in front of their premises in a reasonably safe condition and are responsible for injuries caused by their failure to do so.


Owners of 1, 2 or 3 family dwellings used exclusively for residential purposes are not responsible for maintaining the public sidewalk, but there are exceptions:


  • The owner is liable for defective or dangerous conditions caused or created by the owner or someone working on behalf of the owner;
  • The owner is responsible for areas where the owner makes a special use of the sidewalk, such as a driveway.


Even though they seem simple, the laws concerning slip and fall accidents can be confusing. You need an experienced lawyer to help you know your rights. 

The Law Office of Michael Tawil P.C. litigates all types of premises liability claims. We are on your side. We’ll help you seek compensation to cover the physical, emotional and financial burden of an accident on someone else’s premises.


Schedule a free consultation today by calling 914-281-1618. Consultations are always free, and we don’t get paid unless you do, and we’ll come to you if you’re unable to come to us due to your injury

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