Property owners in New York are often held responsible for any accidents that may occur there on their premises. When there is a dangerous condition on a property, and the property owner neglects to fix it, he or she may be held liable for any resulting injuries. Therefore, it is in the best interest of all property owners to make sure that their property is reasonably safe for all visitors.
Providing “reasonably safe” conditions means that owners must repair broken steps, post warning signs around hazardous areas, fix cracked floors, ensure that the wiring is up to code, remove debris that is placed in walkways and ensure that there is adequate lighting. Bad lighting is a common contributing factor to trip-and-fall accidents. It is crucial that locations such as walkways, stairways, alleys and parking lots are well lit. Poor lighting is particularly dangerous in busy areas, locations with clutter and debris, and stairways. Victims of trip-and-fall accidents may hold a property owner accountable for the injuries suffered by filing a personal injury claim.
Here are some important questions that must be answered following a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident. Did the property owner know about the dangerous conditions? Was the property owner, manager, or any of the workers responsible for debris being on the ground where visitors may walk? Have there been prior complaints regarding the unsafe conditions and lack of lighting? Did the property owner fail to remedy the hazardous conditions within a timely manner? Did the management neglect to post warning signs, cones or tape around the dangerous area?
In cases where the injured victim can prove that the property owner’s negligence contributed to the trip-and-fall accident, compensation may be available for the victim for damages including, but not limited to medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, physical therapy, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
The knowledgeable New York personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm have a lengthy track record of handling trip-and-fall and slip-and-fall accidents on behalf of seriously injured victims and their families. If you or a loved one has been injured, call our offices at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496) for a free consultation. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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