Premises liability occurs when someone suffers injury because of unsafe conditions caused by a property owner’s negligence. However, these are not the only conditions required in order for you to file a premises liability lawsuit in the Bronx. The Bronx is governed by New York City, New York State, and federal law, all of which require that certain conditions be met in order for you to file such a lawsuit.
When to file a suit
If you are injured due to a property owner’s negligence in maintaining their property, you may have the right to sue them under the doctrine of premises liability. For example, you may have the right to sue a property owner if you are at a restaurant in winter and you slip on a patch of snow or ice on a walkway that the owner should have salted.
While slip and fall cases can sometimes get more complicated, you may be able to recover damages if you can show that the owner knew about the condition and did not take action to remedy it. An important takeaway is that, when you are injured on someone else’s property, you should notify them right away, seek medical attention, and document your injury in some way.
What to claim when filing a premises liability suit
In order for your case to have merit, you will have to prove that certain conditions have been met: these are known as “elements” of a claim. If you have been injured on another’s property, you will have to show the following:
- You were legally allowed to be on the property.
- The owner had knowledge of the unsafe condition that led to your injury and did not take steps to fix the condition or warn people about it.
- The owner’s failure to address or warn people of the condition directly caused your injury.
When to hire a lawyer
The sooner you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer, the more likely it is that you recover the damages you deserve after suffering an injury. The Law Offices of Evan W. Kohn are prepared to advocate for you. Contact us at 718-409-5500 for a free consultation today. Se habla español.