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Premises Liability Injuries on Public Property - Who is Responsible

Premises liability is an area of the law that covers accidents and injuries that occur on the property of another. Not only do these accidents happen on private property, but they can occur on public or government property as well. If an accident happens on public property, it important that you know your rights and responsibilities and to be aware that someone else may be liable for your injuries.

New York Premises Liability Injuries

Injuries that occur on someone else’s property are some of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured on municipal or city property, you might be entitled to compensation for your any damages you’ve sustained. When an accident occurs on public or government property, oftentimes it is because the property owners negligently or recklessly maintained the property, failed to make sure the property was safe or failed to warn visitors or guests of any possible dangerous conditions.  Some examples of conditions that might lead to a premises liability injury include:

  • Uneven or cracked sidewalks;
  • Slip and falls;
  • Inadequate lighting or handrails in stairwells and walkways;
  • Exposed cables, wiring, or cords;
  • Construction zones that are not sectioned off properly;
  • Improperly installed or loose fixtures;
  • Unmarked or blocked emergency exits;
  • Balconies without guardrails;
  • Lack of fire alarms.

The injuries that result from a premises liability accident can range from minor to severe and can include broken bones, severe cuts, and lacerations, muscle strains, burns, traumatic brain injuries, and in some cases, an accident can be fatal.

Holding Cities Accountable for Accidents and Injuries

If you have sustained an injury on city property, whether on a sidewalk, parking lot, or city-owned building, you might be able to pursue a premises liability claim against the city for your damages. Many municipal codes require public property owners to maintain their premises so that it is safe for others, and they have a duty to warn visitors or other users of the property of any dangerous conditions or risks that may be present. Any failure to follow this duty or requirement can result in a finding that the property owner was negligent or reckless. When this occurs, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Accordingly, if you are injured on public property, be sure to notify local law enforcement officers or security guards immediately in order to protect your legal right to compensation.

Call A Long Island Premise Liability Lawyer

If you have been involved in a premises liability accident in New York, it is also important that you consult with a knowledgeable Long Island Premises Liability Accident Lawyer as soon as possible. A skilled and dedicated lawyer can discuss your options and make sure that your legal rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at(866) 895-0420 and learn how we can help you. We are available 24/7 so don’t hesitate to contact us at any time, day or night.

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