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Premises liability law exists to hold property owners responsible for the conditions of their grounds. If they fail to keep their property hazard-free, it can result in certain accidents that cause injuries to those involved. In many cases, these injuries can be life-changing, which is why they may be able to seek financial compensation to cover the damages incurred. During this time, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance.

Are Property Owners Responsible for Accidents?

Property owners are legally required to take care of the grounds they own. This is done by inspecting the property and making any repairs that are necessary. Any hazards that arise should be addressed as soon as possible. In addition to this, proper security should be installed to protect from criminal activity. Failure to do so can result in an accident, causing the property owner to be considered negligent. 

What Kinds of Accidents Can Happen?

Property can become dangerous when it is not taken care of. Cases that are covered under premises liability law can include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dangerous conditions
  • Defective security
  • Inadequate maintenance
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Inadequate lighting

How Can I Hold a Property Owner Liable?

Individuals who want to pursue a premises liability lawsuit need to know two things. This includes who owns the property and why they are liable. Property owners owe a duty of care to those who come onto their grounds, whether they are a licensee or an invitee. An invitee is a person invited onto the property for business or commercial reasons, while a licensee was on the property for non-business or non-commercial reasons. Failure to take care of their property is a breach of the owner’s duty of care. 

In order to have a successful lawsuit, the injured party must prove the property owner was responsible for the grounds and their failure to provide this duty of care directly caused their injuries. This can be done with evidence such as pictures of the property, medical documentation of the injuries, and any witnesses to the accident.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

Those who wish to pursue legal action under premises liability law are required to do so within the statute of limitations. This is a deadline by which the injured party must file a personal injury claim. In the state of New York, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. 

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.


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