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There are many people in New York who like to put out festive decorations during the holiday season. As this time of year is quickly approaching, the Law Offices of Brian J. Swerling would like to remind readers about the importance of premises liability law. When property owners put out decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, they need to make sure their grounds are still safe and do not cause harm to others. This can lead to serious accidents, injuries, and a premises liability case. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for help with your case.

How Can I Protect Myself from a Lawsuit?

It is crucial for property owners to be careful when placing items on their grounds, including the stairs. This is especially so for New York City apartment owners, as this space is often limited to begin with. This is because when people come on and off the property, they may not be able to see where these items are located. This can cause them to trip, fall, and severely injure themselves. That is why it is best these items are kept in visible places with proper lighting.

What do I do if I’m Injured on Someone’s Property? 

When a person becomes injured on another party’s property due to their negligence, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for the damages incurred. To begin this process, it is important to document as much of the incident as possible. This includes taking pictures and/or video of the hazardous conditions, contacting the necessary emergency services, writing down the contact information of witnesses, receiving medical care, etc.

The information obtained from the scene can later be used to file a personal injury claim. During this time, it is crucial to keep the statute of limitations in mind. This is a deadline that injured parties are required to meet when filing a claim. The failure to do so can result in the loss of their opportunity to do so, jeopardizing their chance to recover compensation. In the state of Texas, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the injury.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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