holding neligent property owners accountable
Both residential and commercial property owners owe it to visitors welcome on their property to provide a reasonably safe environment. This is a responsibility is called “duty of care.” When duty of care is broken and dangerous conditions hurt a person visiting the property, then those property owners should be held accountable in a court of law with a premises liability claim,
If dangerous conditions on someone else’s property have harmed you or a loved one, we invite you to contact Gruenberg Kelly Della today. Our skilled and compassionate Long Island premises liability lawyers have over 100 years of collective legal experience. Over that time, we have developed and honed effective legal approaches that have time and time again allowed our clients to move on with their lives with the compensation they deserve.
Premises liability suits are commonly associated with what are known as slip and fall claims. However, premises liability law encompasses much more than that. Almost any personal injury can be addressed with a premises liability suit, as long as conditions the property owner knew about led directly to your injury.
Typical premises claims involve:
If any of these dangerous conditions (or any other ones) contributed to an accident that harmed you, then the time to speak to legal counsel. At Gruenberg Kelly Della, our dedicated, results-driven approach has resulted in over $100 million in relief for our clients. Our Long Island premises liability attorneys are ready to bring that same, unparalleled standard of counsel to you and your claim today.
In the simplest terms, duty of care is the responsibility that property owners legally owe to welcome visitors of their property to provide safe conditions or warn them of possible hazards. In a personal residence, this can constitute a “beware of dog” sign to warn visitors and prevent dog bite injuries. In a commercial property, this can be achieved with “do not enter” signs, or hazard cones warning of a slippery floor.
Different “Types” of Visitors
Before bringing a premises claim against a property owner, you must first determine what kind of visitor you were to the property. If you were considered an invitee, who is someone who is specifically invited or encouraged to enter a property, or a licensee, who is not invited but allowed on the property, you are probably owed some degree of duty of care from the property owner.
If you were a trespasser and were entering the premises illegally, chances are you do not have the grounds to file suit against a property owner. Children who trespass, however, may be owed duty of care if they entered out of natural curiosity and the property owner did not take the appropriate measures to keep children away from any hazards.
Proving Duty of Care
Once you have determined that you were a visitor that was owed duty of care, then it is necessary to document the conditions that harmed you and the property owner’s neglect of the conditions that led to your injury. Demonstrating this actually breaks down to presenting several different pieces of information.
Proving Duty of Care Requires:
Note “reasonably” in the conditions above, meaning if visitors are suddenly exposed to dangerous conditions, the property owners must be given a reasonable amount of time to address them. So if, for instance, there is a beverage spill in a supermarket and someone slips and is hurt while staff members run to get a mop, the owners may not be liable: they were promptly responding to the dangerous conditions while someone was hurt.
Have more questions about your injury on someone else’s property? Our dedicated team of Long Island premises liability attorneys is ready to hear from you. Gruenberg Kelly Della has recovered more than $100 million for clients who have been wrongly hurt and know what it takes to recover our clients the relief they deserve.
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