A property owner is legally responsible for any dangerous and hazardous
conditions they know about or failed to fix. Property owners are also
required to give adequate warning of dangers or hazards that might be
present on their premises. A dangerous condition can be something like
a broken staircase that needs to be repaired, or an icy walkway that has
yet to be shoveled.
If a property owner becomes aware of a dangerous condition, it is their
duty to protect other people by fixing the danger. However, a property
owner is not obligated to protect people from dangers that are reasonably obvious.
Steps to Take
The first thing you should do if you suffer an injury on someone else’s
property is get necessary medical care and attention. After you have been
assessed by a medical professional, you will need to research the statute
of limitations for your state. The statute of limitations is the time-frame
you will have to file your
injury claim. A lawyer can help you determine which statutes apply to your case.
Evidence will be a crucial aspect of your case, so you should take pictures
of where the injury occurred. Be sure to get the names and contact information
of anyone who witnessed your injury or has knowledge of the dangerous
condition that caused your injury. Documentation is also important, which
means you should write down what you remember about the conditions of
the floor, lighting and other factors at the time of your accident or
immediately following the accident.
If your injury occurred on a business property, the manger or owner will
usually complete an incident report. Make sure you have a copy of this
report before leaving the premises. Do not sign the incident report without
first consulting with an attorney and never say anything that might imply
you are at fault.
Call (646) 461-4009 today to speak with one of our New York City premises liability lawyers
about scheduling your free consultation. We can help you get the compensation
you are entitled to.