Wherever you walk in the Bronx, you expect that property owners will maintain their property so that you do not encounter dangerous conditions. You should not have to worry about tripping over a broken sidewalk or twisting your ankle in a hole in the ground. You should not have to worry about being injured in someone else’s home or shop.
You have a right to sue when you are injured due to a property owner’s negligence.
The New York City Bar Association’s website provides information about what it means for a property owner to be negligent.When you are injured on someone else’s property, whether it is indoors or outdoors, you need to show that:
- The property owner was negligent. If there are unsafe or dangerous conditions (uneven pavement or floors, obstacles in aisles or landscaping, hazardous materials on site, etc.), the property owner has an obligation to warn people about these conditions. They can rope off the area or post warnings.
- The property owner’s negligence caused your injury. To determine if someone was negligent, the law considers if a “reasonable person” could predict that the condition, action or lack of action might cause an injury. For example, if you lose your balance and trip somewhere on the property, the owner is may not considered to be negligent. The owner could not predict that you would fall.
- You were injured. Even if the property owner was negligent, and you fall, if you were not injured, you cannot get compensated.
- You filed a claim within the appropriate timeframe. To be sure that you properly document your medical injuries, possible negligence, and other relevant information, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible. Lawyers usually provide a free consultation for people who have been injured on someone else’s property. At the consultation, the lawyer can determine if the circumstances meet the requirements for bringing a personal injury lawsuit.
- Let the property owner know that you have been injured
- Get medical attention
- Take pictures of the area where the injury occurred
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney
But, if the property owner does not warn you about a danger, does not repair a hazard, or fails to properly maintain the property, they may be considered negligent
What to do if You are Injured on Someone Else’s Property
If you are injured on someone else’s property, you should:
The order that you perform these tasks depends on how seriously you were injured and several other factors. Make calling a lawyer a priority. A lawyer can help you gather the correct information and file the appropriate notices.
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