Suffering injuries due to an issue with someone's property can be a complicated situation. Individuals will certainly want to have their injuries attended to as soon as possible, but they may also consider who may be liable for the injuries suffered. When these questions come about, it may be important to determine who owns the property or could otherwise be held responsible.
Though many people do not fear suffering injuries when they go out shopping or to get a quick bite, it is possible that they could find themselves involved in an accident. Certain conditions on the property of those locations could potentially create hazards that put patrons at risk. If an individual falls or suffers an injury due to other factors, he or she may have cause to pursue compensation.
Falling due to the conditions on someone else's property can have serious effects on a person. In many cases, falls can result in an individual suffering severe injuries that considerably impact his or her abilities and life. When such injuries occur, it is not unlikely for premises liability claims to be made in hopes of working toward compensation.
Many residents of New York City live in apartments, which are typically either rented or leased from landlords. Although a tenant may be responsible for some aspects of the apartment, all of the communal property of the apartment building falls under the realm of a "premises." If an individual is injured while on the premises of the apartment complex, that individual could be able to file a premises liability claim against the landlord.
According to data released earlier this year by the Insurance Information Institute (III), the average homeowners' insurance payout for dog-bite claims was $37,214 in 2015 - a 16 percent increase from the year before, and an astonishing 94 percent increase from 2003. In fact, dog bites and other dog-related injuries now account for a whopping one-third of all dollars paid in homeowners' insurance liability claims, according to the III report.
When people go to theme parks or visit hotels, there is a certain expectation of safety. Those seeking thrills on roller coasters or simply walking through an amusement park generally think that their protection is assured. However, the presence of alligators in waterways has taught many in New York a terrible lesson in assumptions when it comes to tourist attractions.
When an individual enters another person's property in New York, he or she has a reasonable expectation that he or she will not be injured. This means that the property owner -- or the non-owner resident -- is the individual who is responsible for maintaining this safe environment. This is called premises liability.
We talk a lot about premises liability on our blog and most people can think of a few general scenarios that fall under this liability umbrella. Commonly heard cases, such as a slip-and-fall accident on an icy sidewalk outside a hotel or an injury resulting from broken glass inside a grocery store, come to mind.
After falling from a roof of an apartment building, a writer was recently awarded $43 million in damages. The fall resulted in his paralysis and need for a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. When New York residents suffer a serious accident while on the property of an apartment complex, they are typically entitled to file personal injury suits against the responsible parties.