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Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP

Long Island Premises Liability Lawyer

Have you been hurt in an accident on someone else’s property on Long Island or elsewhere in the New York metro area? Was the accident a result of a dangerous condition that the person or company in charge of the property should have fixed or warned you about? You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries in what’s called a “premises liability” claim.

Property owners have a duty to the safety of patrons, tenants and visitors. However, premises liability is not an absolute duty or an “easy money” claim. You need an experienced attorney who understands the law and how to properly document and argue your case.

Premises liability is more than just slip and fall accidents. It pertains to any unsafe condition resulting in injury to someone lawfully on a property, if owner negligence caused the injury.

If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, the owner of the property – or another responsible party such as a business that leases the space – may be held accountable.

At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our seasoned premises liability lawyers can evaluate the merits of your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We have recovered millions for clients who have been injured through the negligence of others. We have helped victims of:

  • Slip or trip and fall accidents because of slick floors, tripping hazards, snow and ice, or other dangerous conditions
  • Dog-inflicted injuries, even when the animal had never before shown vicious propensities
  • Assault, sexual assault and mugging due to negligent security
  • Accidents in elevators or escalators
  • Injuries caused by falling merchandise, construction zones, unsafe swimming pools or trampoline conditions, and other safety hazards

Contact us now to find out how our Long Island premises liability lawyer can help you with your situation. The consultation and claim evaluation are free.

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Why Choose the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP?

Here is just a sample of what our firm offers victims of accidents caused by dangerous conditions on others’ properties:

  • Medical knowledge — As a trained EMT (emergency medical technician), Richard Jaffe has seen firsthand the injuries and pain that people suffer in serious accidents. His in-depth understanding of the medical issues in your case could prove valuable when assessing the treatments you need and the compensation you may be entitled to recover.

  • A comprehensive approach to making you whole — Premises liability claims are about more than just money. The goal is to make you whole and get back the life you had before as best as you can. We can help with finding the right doctors, dealing with insurance companies, working with creditors and being your voice through every step of your recovery.

  • There for you — We know your case is likely the most important concern in your life right now. We take it just as seriously as you, and we want to be there for you whenever you need us. You can expect your calls to be returned within 24 hours and you can expect to talk to your lawyer when you have questions or concerns. Clients have Richard Jaffe’s cellphone number for urgent issues night or day.

  • Straight talk — We don’t build false hopes or make promises we can’t keep. We don’t keep clients in the dark. Our lawyers provide an honest assessment of the validity of your case and what type of compensation you could recover. We “tell it like it is” and we keep you up-to-date as your claim progresses.

  • Ready to fight for you — Insurance companies don’t respect lawyers who never go to trial. Our attorneys are ready to go to court to get justice for you. That fact often helps us reach fair settlements.

What is a Premises Liability Case? Making the Case for Compensation

As the injured party, or plaintiff, in a premises liability case, you must prove three things:

  1. That you were on the property lawfully (or that the owner knew you were trespassing if you were not lawfully present). An invited guest, a hired worker, a contract service provider, a delivery person, or a customer or client of a business obviously would have been lawfully present on the property.
  2. That an unsafe condition existed for which the owner of the property was negligent. This means that the owner knew about the unsafe condition (or should have known) and did not repair it, rope it off or give adequate warning. If the owner made some repairs that fell short of fixing the dangerous condition, or made it worse, it could still amount to negligence.
  3. That the injury you suffered was caused by the owner’s negligence.

Generally, if you trespass on someone else’s property and get hurt because of an unsafe condition on the property, even if the owner was aware of the unsafe condition, the owner is not liable for your injuries. There are two exceptions to that rule:

  • If the property owner knows that someone is trespassing on the property and allows it to occur, the owner may be liable for injuries just as if the trespasser were invited.
  • If a condition of the property would be attractive to children, for example, an unfenced pool, and a child is injured through that attractive, unsafe condition, the owner may be liable for the child’s injuries, even if the child was trespassing unknown to the owner.

Who is Liable for your Injuries from Unsafe Property Conditions?

Business man before he falls on someone else's property and needs a Long Island premises liability lawyerPublic and private property owners and municipalities are responsible for maintaining reasonable safety standards, whether the property is a public building, a private home or a city sidewalk. When they fail to do so, they may be held accountable for personal injuries that result from the unsafe conditions.

In dog-bite cases, if the dog owner is a tenant, the landlord may be held accountable, depending on the circumstances of the case. If someone is mugged or assaulted on private or public property, the property owner may be held liable for the victim’s injuries if they were caused by negligent security, such as poor lighting, broken locks or other insufficient security measures.

What Damages may be Available in a Premises Liability Claim in New York?

In premises liability cases, the amount of damages that can be recovered depends on the extent of the injuries sustained. The more serious and long-lasting the injuries are, the greater the potential compensation may be.

If you have been injured through a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses – including doctor bills, hospital bills, prescription medications and physical therapy – and for lost wages that result from your injuries. You may also be able to recover damages for your non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.

Holding Owners of Unsafe Properties Accountable on Long Island

It is important to contact an experienced premises liability attorney as soon as possible after an injury caused by unsafe conditions on a property owned or controlled by someone else. You should be aware that there is a statute of limitations – a time limit for filing a claim – in premises liability actions.

Contact our firm for a free evaluation of your claim and take action to protect your rights now. We are selective in the cases we accept, but you can rest assured that if we take on your case, we will vigorously pursue the maximum damages you are entitled to receive for your claim.

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