Staten Island Premises Liability Lawyer
Have Dangerous Conditions Caused You Injury?
If you have been injured because a property owner failed to maintain their premises safely, a knowledgeable premises liability lawyer should review your case. Whether the accident was the result of a wet floor, a broken sidewalk, a malfunctioning elevator, or any other unsafe condition, if a property owner knew that a dangerous condition existed and did nothing to fix it, then the owner can be held legally responsible if someone is injured.
The idea that property owners should provide a reasonably safe environment for residents, visitors, employees, and others who use their property is not new. In the state of New York, as in the rest of the US and many parts of the world, this concept has been written into law. As a result, when someone is injured on another’s property, whether it’s a residence, a business, a school, an office, or any other location, the injured party has the right to receive compensation if they can prove negligence on the part of the property owner. Negligence is not always easy to establish, however, so having an experienced Staten Island attorney on your side is important.
The type and degree of injuries varies enormously, so the amount of damages sought will depend on many factors. A twisted ankle will be handled differently from a broken limb, which will not be looked at the same as a concussion or a traumatic brain injury. Financial damages are also not limited to direct compensation for medical expenses, but may extend to lost wages and income, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
Many different unsafe conditions can cause an injury for which a property owner can be found negligent. A few of the most common sources of injury are:
– Broken or uneven steps
– Loose rugs or flooring
– Inadequate lighting
– Failure to provide security measures against criminal activity
– Malfunctioning elevators
– Cluttered walkways
– Failure to warn others of dangerous substances or hazardous conditions
A Premises Liability Attorney on Staten Island
It is true that an injured party can file a claim without the assistance of a lawyer or other third party. However, working with an experienced law firm reduces the chances that your case will be thrown out or lost because of simple mistakes. There are also situations where having a lawyer between you and the property owner can be invaluable, such as when the property owner is a relative or friend. Engaging them and their insurer directly in a legal clash is unpleasant, but suffering from your injury in silence would be worse. If you’ve been injured on another person’s property because of the owner’s negligence, Kuharski, Levitz, & Giovinazzo want to know what we can do for you.