Though each circumstance is different, most owners of a property have a responsibility to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. If a property owner fails to ensure that dangerous conditions are remedied in a reasonable amount of time, and you are injured as a result, the property owner can be held responsible for your losses.
If you have been injured or your loved one has died on another person’s property, you need a premises liability lawyer in Suffolk County, NY to help. Call our team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 to discuss your case.
Types of Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability cases fall under a broad umbrella, as there are many things a property owner may do, or fail to do, which can cause injury. The owner of a property, regardless of whether it is public or private, may be responsible for injuries stemming from:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Snow and ice-related falls
- Outdated or inadequate property maintenance
- Dog bites
- Swimming pool injuries
- Inadequate security on a property
- Toxic chemicals
- Leaks and/or water spots
- Defective equipment on a property
- Lack of handrails or supports on a property
- Unmarked changes in elevation, such as stairs or ledges
- Building code violations
- Loose flooring, potholes, or other fixable hazards
This list could go on for much longer, as these are just a few of the common hazards that may result in a premises liability claim.
Establishing Liability in a Premises Liability Case
A premises liability lawyer in Suffolk County, NY can help you understand who is responsible for your injuries or your loved one’s death. In some cases, the property owner may be responsible, or if they have a manager in charge of tending to the property, that person may be responsible as well.
In many cases, multiple parties are liable for injuries caused by an unsafe premise. Once we decide who to bring the injury or wrongful death claim against, we will start to prove liability by:
- Establishing that the liable party had a duty of care to you or your loved one
New York law establishes that those “in control” of a property—whether an owner, manager, resident, or someone else—should do what is reasonable to ensure the property is reasonably safe for those whose presence on the property is “reasonably foreseeable”.
- Show that the liable party breached their duty of care
We will rely on evidence and testimony to show that the property was not kept reasonably safe.
- Prove that the breach of duty of care caused your injury or loved one’s death
If we can show that the liable party did not do what is necessary to maintain the legal standard of harm prevention, we can likely show that unsafe conditions caused your injury.
- Calculating damages
In this stage, we present medical and economic evidence to establish the total losses you sustained as a result of the dangerous condition on the property.
What Else a Premises Liability Lawyer Will Do for You
Our team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. will serve you by:
- Meeting with you at your place of recovery to discuss your case, and how your injuries or loved one’s death have impacted you
- Speak with your medical caregivers to document the full extent of your injuries and how they affect your ability to work
- Collect all medical records including bills, test results, and scan results for use at trial or settlement negotiations
- Collect all evidence related to the personal injury, including videos and photographs of the scene and/or the conditions that caused it
- Interview witnesses to the event and/or hazardous conditions and document their accounts
- Initiate all legal proceedings and push your case towards resolution
- Serve as your legal counselor from our initial meeting until the completion of your case
- Ensure that your rights are protected throughout the entirety of your case
If you were injured as the result of someone’s negligence, or you lost a loved one as the result of an event, you should not face the challenges of navigating through the legal process alone. Allow us to handle your case for you, call our team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 to discuss your case.
Damages You May Be Awarded in a Premises Liability Case
The circumstances of each premises liability case are different, but if you have been injured on someone’s property due to negligence, you may be entitled to damages covering:
- Emergency transportation
- ER bills
- Surgery costs
- Your entire hospital stay
- The cost of rehabilitation appointments and transportation to the appointments
- Treatment for any long-term and/or chronic conditions resulting from the event
- Domestic or lifecare services
Other Losses from the Personal Injury
- Wages lost due to your injuries
- Diminished earning capacity from limitations imposed by your injury
- Long-term disability
- Inability to pursue an education because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
If the injury in question caused the death of your loved one, you may be entitled to additional damages including:
- Medical expenses of the deceased
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of guidance (children)
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of long-term financial protection
Do Not Delay in Contacting Us
New York state law makes it imperative that you do not wait to contact a premises liability lawyer in Suffolk County, NY and initiate your case. The state’s statute of limitations generally gives those who are bringing a premises liability case three years from the date of the event to initiate legal action under New York Civil Practice Law § 214. If you are bringing a wrongful death claim, then the window may be even shorter, generally two years under New York Civil Practice Law § 5-4.1.
There are exceptions to these statutes, such as if the liable party in your case is a municipality or governmental entity. So regardless of the time that has passed since your personal injury, we want to hear from you. Call our team at Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. today at (631) 451-7900 to discuss your case.
We also assist Spanish-speaking clients. If your injury occurred on the job, we can work with your worker’s compensation attorney.