In New York, property owners are responsible for keeping their premises clear and safe to prevent anyone from getting hurt. Therefore, if you slip and fall on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence, they should be held accountable. One of the best steps you can take to do this is to contact our experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe.
Our team of professionals understands the complexities of the cases and that each one requires different strategies. We have provided innovative legal services to New York slip and fall victims for years, so we are prepared to take on your case. The laws surrounding these claims can be confusing, so we are here to help you understand how they can impact your case.
What New York Premises Liability Laws Impact Your slip and fall Claim?
New York has several laws that may affect your slip and fall claim. These laws determine how long you have to file your claim, how you receive damages, and the property owner’s responsibilities.
Statute of Limitations
It depends on the facts but some statutes of limitation time periods are as short as 90 days from the date your accident occurred so it’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. With one of our lawyers by your side, you can know your claim will be submitted on time and properly.
When filing a claim against a property owner for your slip and fall, they will most likely try to blame you for part of the accident. You may be partially at fault for the following reasons:
- You ignored obvious dangerous conditions
- You were distracted while walking
- The dangerous conditions were marked with cones or tape, and you ignored them
- You walked on a property you were not allowed to walk on
- You didn’t wear the proper footwear for the property
Therefore, it’s important to know that New York is a comparative negligence state. This means each party receives a fault percentage for the accident, and this percentage affects the damages they can recover. For instance, if you are 20% at fault for the accident, your damages will be reduced by 20%. We may be able to negotiate with your insurance companies and ensure they do not assign you an unfair fault percentage so you receive the compensation you deserve.
Property Owner Responsibility
Those who own property are responsible for keeping it safe for those using it. New York law states that property owners owe a duty of care to everyone who may walk on or use their property. Owners should carry out the following tasks to keep their property safe:
- Ensure the floors are level and intact
- Dry the floors to avoid wet and slippery spots
- Clear any obstacles or debris in walkways
- Remove snow and ice promptly
- Have proper lighting
- Place signs in hazardous areas
- Have properly sized stairwells
- Maintain railings and stair treads
- Store equipment when no longer needed
If property owners fail to take these steps, they breach their duty to uphold a standard of care for those on their property. Our talented lawyers may help you prove the property owner’s negligence caused your injuries.
Contact a Knowledgeable New York Premises Liability Lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe
Dealing with the aftermath of a slip and fall accident can be difficult, especially with so many confusing laws. Fortunately, you do not have to go through the legal process alone. Our attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe have extensive experience working on slip and fall cases, so we have the skills, resources, and tools to take on any case, no matter the circumstances.
We devote ourselves to fighting for your rights and the compensation you deserve while you focus on recovery. Our lawyers help you prioritize your health and manage every aspect of your case. We may be able to relieve your stress and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. To schedule a free case consultation, fill out our contact form or call us at 516-358-6900. Visit our YouTube channel for more information about our team and services.