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When someone invites you over, or you take a trip to your local grocery store, the last thing you expect is an accident. However, sometimes, when property owners fail to keep their premises hazard-free, accidents can happen, and people are injured as a result. This is not okay. If you are someone who was injured, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of the burdens you have incurred. Please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Are property owners responsible for ensuring their property is safe?

Property owners have several responsibilities. First, they must always make any repairs when necessary. Safety hazards must be tended to as soon as possible. Additionally, property owners must always warn all those on the premises of any potential safety hazards that he or she has not been able to address as of yet. Property owners are also responsible for ensuring things are fixed in a timely fashion, as after a certain point, he or she may be considered negligent. Lastly, and this is especially true for public property owners, sufficient security must always be installed to protect those on the property from criminal activity.

Will I qualify for compensation if I was injured on another person’s property?

In any personal injury claim, you will only recover financial compensation if you can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, this is very often easier said than done, so you must hire a competent, efficient premises liability attorney who is ready to get to work.

How can an attorney help me win a premises liability claim?

A seasoned premises liability attorney will work to obtain various types of valuable evidence, including security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injuries, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, police reports, witness statements verifying your claim, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New York?

The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York State is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim against a negligent property owner. Do not neglect to file within this timeframe, for if you do, you will most likely be denied the right to sue.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury 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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