In large urban cities like New York City, there are an abundance of restaurants, bars, hotels, parks, schools, office buildings, residential dwellings, tourist attractions and grocery and residential stores. At times, the owners or operators of these types of private and public properties may fail to regularly maintain buildings and property to ensure for a safe and hazard-free environment.
From a slip and fall on a spilled substance at a grocery store to a two-year-old who suffers lead poisoning exposure in an apartment building, injuries that result due to a property owner's negligence can be serious and significantly and adversely impact the lives of those impacted.
Premises liability is the legal term used to describe cases where an individual suffers injuries in a public area or on private property. Negligence is a key factor in all premises liability cases and an individual must be able to prove that a property owner acted in a negligent manner. For example, if a patron is injured in a bar brawl, he or she may claim that a bar owner is negligent for failing to provide adequate security. In cases where an individual is injured from falling building debris, the building's owner may be guilty of failing to inspect and maintain a building's structure and facade.
Premises liability cases can be extremely difficult to prove. This is often especially true in cases where there are no witnesses and a defendant can argue that an individual's actions caused or contributed to an accident. The personal injury attorneys at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP have successfully helped individuals who have suffered injuries due to a property owner's negligence recover compensation. We are well-versed in all types of personal injury matters and understand the complexities involved in proving a premises liability case.