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The law in New York requires property owners, as well as landlords, to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe for residents, employees, and visitors. If you are injured inside or outside a building as a result of unsafe conditions or negligence of the property owner or manager, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries. A New York premises liability lawyer from Harrison Law Group P.C. can evaluate your case and help you better understand your legal rights and options. 

Our dedicated premises liability attorneys in Long Island have decades of experience ably representing clients who have been injured because a property owner failed to enforce the proper safety standards on their premises. Our attorneys are skilled and experienced at handling injury cases throughout New York. We help accident victims get the compensation they need and deserve to take care of their injuries, and we will fight for you too, for the best outcome in your case.  

Contact us today if you suffered an injury as a result of the negligence of a property owner. We offer a free case evaluation for victims of premises liability accidents, where we can help you determine the best strategy to recover compensation for your injuries. Call now.

The Basics Of Premises Liability Law

Premises liability is governed by the same rules as other personal injury cases, meaning that negligence must be determined as the cause of the accident. A victim of premises liability may bring forth a lawsuit if their case meets the following criteria:

  • The victim was owed a duty of care – In this case, it is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure that their premises are safe and free of hazards that could bring harm to anyone who is lawfully on their property.
  • The duty of care was breached – With premises liability, that could mean that the property owner was aware of a dangerous condition but did nothing to address it. For example, there could be a spill that creates a slipping hazard that the property owner does not clean up or warn people about.
  • The breach of duty caused an accident 
  • The accident caused the victim to suffer losses – Those losses could be financial, such as the medical bills needed to treat the injury. But they could also be emotional, such as the pain and suffering felt by the victim.

When someone invites a person onto their property, they are responsible for that person’s safety to a degree. They may not be able to govern that person’s behavior and keep them from harming themselves or others, but they can create a safe environment that does not have any harmful hazards. If the person who owns or is in charge of the property fails to uphold that standard and someone gets injured as a result, then they can be held liable for the injury of that person. This is the basis of premises liability law, which is a subset of personal injury law.

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The People Who Are Owed a Duty of Care

Each state has different rules about who is eligible for compensation if they get hurt on someone’s property. Some states consider the status of the person who was injured and they divide visitors into the following three categories:

  • Invitees – As the name suggests, these are people who were invited onto the premises. The invitation could be explicit, such as when a person is holding a party and guests are invited. The invitation could also be implicit, such as with a store and its customers, though in that case, the invitees are only allowed on the premises during business hours.
  • Licensees – This is someone who has the property owner’s implied permission to enter the property, but is doing so for their own purpose. This generally refers to salesmen and the like.
  • Trespassers – This is a person who is not allowed or authorized to be on the property. 

In states that divide visitors into these three categories, trespassers are not owed a duty of care by the property owner. That means, unlike invitees and licensees, they cannot sue if they get injured because of a dangerous condition on the premises. In some cases, if the property owner suspects that their premises might be susceptible to trespassers, then they should post warnings of any non-obvious dangers that might be on the property.

The exception to the rule regarding a lack of duty of care to trespassers involves children. If there is an attractive nuisance on the property, like a swimming pool for example, then the attractive nuisance doctrine states that the property owner is liable for any injuries caused by the object of attraction even if the child is trespassing on their property. 

Types of Cases an Experienced New York Premises Liability Lawyer Can Help You With

The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. are experienced at handling a wide variety of premises liability cases. There are many different types of cases that fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. They include the following:

You can see that premises liability covers a wide variety of cases, and yes, that includes dog bites, since a dangerous, unsecured dog on the property constitutes a dangerous condition. The same goes for toxic substances that might make a person sick later on. As long as it can be proven that the person got sick because of those toxic substances they have a valid premises liability case.

The Consequences of Premises Liability

Just as there is a wide variety of premises liability cases, there is a wide variety of injuries that can be caused by them. Any hazard that causes the victim to slip and fall down can cause fractures or broken bones as well as head trauma that can lead to a concussion or even a skull fracture. Cuts and bruises are also possible depending on the nature of the surface. Swimming pools can lead to drowning incidents, which can be life-threatening if the victim does not quickly get assistance. If the drowning victim goes without oxygen for too long, then that could cause brain damage. 

The inhalation of toxic substances could cause all manner of problems, from respiratory diseases all the way up to mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer. A fire could result in burns of various degrees; third-degree burns and higher could result in serious injury that requires surgical intervention. An attack from a dog could result in deep bite marks that could cause significant blood loss. Plus any bacteria in the dog’s mouth could lead to nasty infections, and there is, of course, the emotional trauma of getting attacked by the dog. Premises liability can result in a wide variety of very serious injuries, which is why we do not take those kinds of cases lightly.

If you or a loved one were injured on someone else’s property, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with a New York premises liability attorney from our firm. 

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Why You Should Contact A Long Island Premises Liability Lawyer At Harrison Law Group P.C. As Soon As Possible 

Accidents can be devastating. However, it is important that you begin the process of making a premises liability claim as soon as possible after your accident. There are several reasons why you should get in touch with an experienced New York premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. 

  • Property owners often aren’t willing to take responsibility for the accident. They will be quick to deny responsibility and therefore may work to hide the evidence. Consulting with a premises liability attorney early will enable your attorney to begin investigating your claim while the evidence is still fresh. They can build a strong case for you. 
  • Insurance companies don’t want to make a loss by paying compensation. They will do anything to drive the value of your claim down or to deny it altogether. A premises liability attorney will represent you throughout the claims process. The lawyers at Harrison Law Group P.C. are experienced in dealing with insurance companies. They will fight to protect your rights and negotiate for a reasonable settlement on your behalf. 
  • You have a limited time in which to file a premises liability claim. You risk losing your right to compensation by waiting too long or hesitating to file your claim. Talking to a premises liability as soon as possible will help you make an informed decision on whether to pursue compensation. 
  • Your case may involve several liable parties. This may make it complicated. A premises liability lawyer will investigate your case to determine fault. They will ensure that all avenues for seeking compensation are explored and maximize your compensation.
  • It can be difficult to determine how much your case is worth. This puts you at risk of accepting a low-ball offer for settlement from the property owner and their insurance company. An experienced lawyer will use their experience and knowledge of the law to determine the approximate value of your claim. We will give you a clear idea of what a reasonable settlement amount ought to be. 

Have you been injured while on someone else’s property – whether private, commercial or public? You may have a legitimate claim to compensation from the property owner. Don’t hesitate to contact Harrison Law Group P.C. Our team of attorneys will evaluate your case and help you understand your rights and options. We will investigate your case and determine who ought to be held liable for your accident and injuries. With our assistance, you can maximize your compensation. 

The Statute of Limitations for Premises Liability Lawsuits in New York

Every state has its own laws pertaining to personal injury lawsuits. Premises liability lawsuits are one type of personal injury lawsuit. One of the rules regarding premises liability lawsuits involved how long a plaintiff has to file the claim in court. Limitations on how long plaintiffs have to file a claim are called statutes of limitations, and each state has its statutes of limitations for different types of claims.

In the state of New York, the statute of limitations for a premises liability claim is three years from the date that the plaintiff became injured. For example, if the plaintiff slipped and fell in a grocery store on January 1st, 2020, the plaintiff would have until January 1st, 2023, to file a personal injury lawsuit. In some instances, the plaintiff may have longer to file a premises liability lawsuit. The court may toll, or delay, the statute of limitations in limited circumstances. An experienced New York premises liability attorney can advise an injury victim on how the statute of limitations will apply in their case.

New York’s Comparative Negligence Laws

New York uses the legal theory of comparative negligence when deciding whether a plaintiff is entitled to damages in a premises liability lawsuit. The comparative negligence law means that the plaintiff may absorb some measure of fault for their damages if the jury finds that the plaintiff is partially responsible for causing the accident that resulted in their injuries. New York is one of only 13 states that use a pure comparative negligence fault rule. As a result, the plaintiff can still recover damages even if he was 99% at fault for the accident. If awarded compensation, he would be entitled to 1% of the total damages. 

Suppose a grocery store failed to mop up an oil spill, and the plaintiff tripped and fell, causing serious injuries. The defense may try to argue that the plaintiff was intoxicated, contributing to the accident. In that case, the plaintiff would absorb some of the fault for the accident, and their damages would be reduced. For example, if the court found that the plaintiff was 40% at fault for the accident, the plaintiff’s percentage of fault does not exceed the defendant’s. In that case, the plaintiff can still recover compensation. 

However, the plaintiff will lose 40% of the damages due to their own fault. Suppose the plaintiff received $100,000 in damages. In that case, the plaintiff would only be able to take home $60,000. $40,000 would be subtracted from the total to account for the defendant’s damages.

Damages and Compensation in Premises Liability Lawsuits

Facing a serious injury can be costly, stressful, and time-consuming. The medical expenses for spinal cord injury, for example, can easily exceed millions of dollars over a person’s lifetime. Many people who suffered serious injuries are not able to return to work, making it even more challenging for them to pay their bills. In premises liability lawsuits, as with other types of personal injury cases, a court can award two main types of damages. These types of damages include compensatory and punitive damages.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are intended to compensate the victim for the economic and non-economic damages he or she has endured due to the personal injury accident. In cases involving accidents that are caused by a dangerous condition on a property, the most common types of damages are compensatory. Compensatory damages can be broken into two further categories, specific and general damages. 

General and specific damages are intended to compensate and reimburse the victim for the financial burdens directly caused by injuries sustained from the premises liability accident. The plaintiff’s attorney will attempt to recover compensation for several different types of expenses.

Medical Expenses

Medical costs have soared in the last decade. Even with high-quality Insurance, the deductibles, co-pays, fees, and procedures that insurance does not cover can easily drain a person’s bank account. Injured or ill plaintiffs can struggle to make ends meet, losing their financial stability because of their injuries. Medical expenses frequently make up the most significant portion of compensatory damages sought by a plaintiff, including:

  •  Doctor’s fees
  •  Hospital stays
  •  Operations
  •  Medications
  •  Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  •  Medical aids such as wheelchairs

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Lost Wages and Loss of Potential Income

A plaintiff can also pursue compensation for wages that have already been lost because of his or her injury. Being seriously injured frequently requires recovering in the hospital. Some victims have to undergo multiple surgeries, and extended hospital stays. All of the recovery time prevents a plaintiff from being able to work to support himself or herself. Additionally, when a plaintiff becomes permanently injured, it can have long-lasting effects. The plaintiff may not return to work and may suffer a temporary or permanent loss of potential income. This can be devastating for a family, especially if the injured victim was the primary wage earner.

Pain and Suffering

Plaintiffs are entitled to request compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured due to the premises liability accident. Pain and suffering can include a wide range of things, including the actual physical pain of the injury, shock, grief, anxiety, and other forms of anguish related to the injury or the situation. Plaintiffs can also request compensation for loss of consortium, including the loss of support, love, nurturing, and physical contact that may be lost due to the plaintiff’s injuries. Finally, plaintiffs can obtain compensation for emotional distress caused by dealing with a new lifestyle due to their personal injuries.

Contact Harrison Law Group P.C. for Free Consultation with a Top Rated Long Island Premises Liability Lawyer 

A premises liability can lead to very serious injuries for the victim and those injuries could require expensive medical care. If you were injured while on someone else’s property you may have a valid claim to file for compensation against the property owner. The attorneys at Harrison Law Group P.C. can help you recover just compensation and hold the property owner accountable for their negligence. We fight for all of our premises liability clients and do our best to make sure that they never have to pay out of pocket for their medical bills or other accident-related expenses.

So if you were injured on someone’s premises due to the negligence of the property owner, then contact us and schedule an appointment with a top-rated New York premises liability lawyer from our law firm. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation for victims of premises liability accidents in New York. Call us today to get started on your claim as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions about Premises Liability Claims in New York

Do I have a valid premises liability case?

The best way to determine if you have a valid premises liability case is to consult with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Harrison Law Group PC will evaluate your case and determine whether you have a valid claim. We will help you understand your rights and options. We will also investigate your claim and gather evidence to support your claim.

How much is my premises liability case worth?

The value of premises liability cases varies depending on various factors including the extent of your injuries. A severe injury for example will attract more compensation. It is impossible to tell exactly how much you will receive as compensation for your premises liability case. However, an experienced New York premises liability lawyer will be able to provide you with an estimation of how much your case is worth. You can use this estimation as guidance on how much to seek as compensation.

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What is Personal Injury?

If you’re injured as a result of a negligent third party, you may be entitled to compensation due to the damages you’ve experienced — either directly through the responsible party or their insurance company. An experienced New York personal injury lawyer will focus on tort law while seeking economic and non-economic damages for their clients — whether or not the target is a multi-million dollar award.

Personal injuries are classified as injuries to the body, mind, and emotions of an individual. When you suffer an injury because of another party, you experience turmoil, and your quality of life will change. Some victims experience loss of enjoyment of life, and even depression.

It’s important to speak with mindful attorneys who have the wisdom to handle your case effectively. Personal injury suits are filed against individuals or entities that cause harm due to recklessness, negligence, misconduct, or liability.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our attorneys and staff are competent, compassionate, and committed to seeking the maximum fair and appropriate compensation for all of our clients. We fight to win, not to quickly settle and move on to the next case. Our firm will make sure that you are properly advised of all of your options while giving you the proper legal advice to make the right decision for yourself and your family. We are willing to go above and beyond to meet your expectations, whether it’s meeting with you after hours, on the weekends, at your home, in the hospital, or at the office. We will make ourselves available for you 24/7.

Immediate Action

We understand the immediate concerns you will have, which include paying your bills, traveling to and from work and doctors’ appointments, and taking care of your daily responsibilities. We want you to know that here at The Harrison Law Group we understand and can help. We will take immediate action on your case and begin to work as soon as we are retained.

A Commitment to Excellence & Solutions For You

Our reputation is built on a record of attentiveness and diligence in pursuit of our clients’ interests. We fight hard for all of our clients with outstanding creative approaches and individualized solutions in personal injury and accident cases to seek the maximum fair and appropriate compensation. Time after time, The Harrison Law Group, P.C. has taken cases that other attorneys either wanted to drop or would have settled for small amounts, and we turned them into million-dollar cases. We have been dedicated to Personal Injury and helping our clients pursue justice for over 30 years.

Constant Communication

Our office sets itself apart because we do not only return phone calls; we call our clients at least every 30 days to provide a status update on your case — and if there is no update, we call to see how you are doing. Happy clients are informed clients, and we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. We are available 24/7 to all of our clients via email, text, or phone to answer questions and give updates. While we have a big firm reputation, we have a small firm dedication to each client.

Types of Personal Injury

Personal injuries can refer to injuries sustained due to dental malpractice, product liability, or assault claims, but they more commonly involve the following types of injuries:

Car Accidents

When your vehicle collides with another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal, debris, or another stationary obstruction such as a tree, pole, or building, you may face significant injuries and expenses that often include medical treatment and vehicle repairs. Following a car accident that was no fault of your own, it is important to immediately begin working with a New York personal injury lawyer to seek fair and appropriate compensation.

Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving a truck or tractor-trailer and caused by the recklessness of others will present additional complex factors that are not present in a regular car accident case. You can be certain that there will be attorneys representing the truck driver, which is why you should partner with a New York personal injury lawyer at our law office immediately.

Motorcycle Accidents

When your motorcycle is involved in a motor vehicle accident at no fault of your own, you will need help in your fight to be fairly compensated in your case. As a client of our law firm, you can be confident that we are bringing the fight to the insurance company.

Premises Liability

An injury from an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property often involves a fall on a slippery or uneven surface. Other types of negligence or dangerous circumstances may also lead to an injury or death. In some cases, your accident could amount to a multi-million dollar settlement. Our law office of NY accident attorneys will be happy to guide you through this process as our client.

Dog Bite

Dog owners are generally determined to be liable if their dog hurts you or anyone else. New York personal injury law in this situation provides a means to seek compensation for your medical expenses, your pain and suffering, & much more.

Slip and Fall

A property owner could be liable for damages if you slip, trip, and fall on their property due to their negligence. Working with a qualified New York personal injury lawyer in this situation is important because the Queens, Nassau County, Suffolk County, or Long Island property owner that you file a claim against will certainly be represented by law firms who are trying to dismiss or settle your case for as little as possible.

Construction Accidents

An injury sustained due to working on a construction site can be life-changing or deadly. In many cases, such an injury will prevent your ability to continue working for some duration of time. Workers’ compensation is available for these types of accidents. Depending on the details of your case, you may also be able to file a lawsuit.

Wrongful Death

Death caused by negligence or intentional actions of another party is known as wrongful death. The NY accident attorneys at our law office are experienced in these cases and are ready to help you fight for the money you need.

Medical Malpractice

When you work with a licensed medical professional, you have every right to expect that they will take prudent and cautious steps to help you work towards a successful recovery. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The New York personal injury attorneys at our law firm are ready to help you fight for fair compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

What types of compensation can be received in a personal injury case?

There are several types of compensable damages that can be received including money for lost wages and career change, property damage compensation, health aids, and home rehabilitation to accommodate for the injuries sustained.

What is the difference between a “personal injury claim” and “personal injury lawsuit”?

A personal injury claim is when you or the law firm you have retained and the at fault party’s insurance company try to come up with a settlement to resolve your claim. Most cases generally do settle out of court. If a settlement can not be reached, a law firm will go ahead and commence a personal injury lawsuit, which simply means taking the at fault party to court.

How much is my case worth?

The value of your case depends on multiple factors such as liability, injuries, insurance coverage, venue, medical bills and etc. Here at The Harrison Law Group, P.C., we will evaluate your case and give you the most comprehensive answer as far as what you can expect regarding compensation.

What should you do after a personal injury accident?

Seek medical attention. Take photos of your injuries, defects and property damage. Keep track of everyone you speak with, take the names, phone numbers and addresses of all witnesses, as this will be useful information for when you hire an attorney. Finally, call The Harrison Law Group, P.C. to see how we can help.

What if I am part responsible for the accident?

Even if you are partially responsible for the accident you may still be entitled to compensation and you should not wait and speak to an attorney right away.

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