If you or a loved one was injured on someone else’s property, then you may have questions about what happens when you go to court for a premises liability case in New York. Premises liability suits can get complicated, which is why our team at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is here to help.
What You Need to Know About Going to Court in a Premises Liability Case
Going to court can seem intimidating, but our team of personal injury lawyers is always willing to go before a judge or jury to fight for the rights of the injured. When it comes to a premises liability case in New York, insurance companies may lowball settlement offers, trying to pay you or your loved one less than what you are owed.
Having a personal injury lawyer argue for your damages (that can help with medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses as you recover from an accident) can give you peace of mind. We will go over what happens from the moment you have an accident to the moment we fight for you in court.
Types of Accidents that Can Result in Premises Liability Suits
Slip and Fall
According to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), property owners in the state owe a “duty of care” to keep their property in a “safe condition.” This means that it is their responsibility to address spills in such a way that slip and fall injuries do not occur. Because there are subtleties in slip and fall cases that can be difficult to parse out, a lawyer who is familiar with these kinds of cases can be helpful.
Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks
A property owner may be responsible for an animal attack that occurs on-site. Foreknowledge of an aggressive animal, inadequate fencing or restraints, and other factors can show negligence on the part of the property owner. Such negligence can be connected to any bites that you or a loved one suffered.
Inadequate Maintenance, Lighting, and Security
When a property is not properly cared for, accidents are more likely to occur. Bad lighting, shoddy maintenance, and lax security on a property can lead to injuries that should not have happened if the property owner lived up to their responsibilities. These kinds of accidents can include trip and fall accidents, collapsed ceilings, elevator accidents, and falling objects.
Other Kinds of Accidents and Events that Could Have Injured You or a Loved One
There may be many other potential causes of accidents on properties that could have been foreseen and avoided if it were not for negligence by the property owner. This is why a personal injury lawyer who takes on premises liability cases can be helpful in determining fault that may not be readily apparent to you.
How to Seek Compensation After an Injury
After an injury, we know that you just want to recover your health, happiness, and quality of life. That is what we want, too. One of our lawyers can protect your rights and fight for you, but there are also steps that you can take before giving us a call that will help to strengthen your case. Here is what you can do.
Seek Medical Attention
Your first step should always be to get the medical care you need. Health and safety are top priority. So, immediately after an accident, make sure to address your medical needs (and those of your loved ones).
File a Report
Once you and your loved ones are safe, try to file an official report. This may be done with the property owner, business owner, or with the police in some circumstances. By filing an incident report, you are starting an important paper trail of evidence.
Collect Your Own Evidence
Start documenting the situation yourself. You may catch things that the official report does not. Take pictures of your injuries, the location of the accident, and anything else that might be helpful later.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Frequently, insurance companies try to pay less than what you are owed. When that happens, it is a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer that you can trust to pursue compensation on your behalf.
How Our Firm Can Fight for You
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we can use our knowledge gained from fighting for injured clients in Long Island to assemble your case for you. We will not hesitate to go to court if a settlement cannot be reached with the insurance company.
We also work on a No-Fee Guarantee, meaning that we will not charge you anything until we win money for you. We want you to concern yourself with regaining your health and happiness, not worrying about additional costs during difficult times.
According to the New York Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally three years. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get started. Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900 for your free case consultation and to learn more about what happens when you go to court for a premises liability case in New York.
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