New York law dictates that all business owners are responsible for providing a safe environment on their premises. When a company fails to comply with these requirement, it is known as premises liability – legal responsibility for an accident that occurs on their property.
Two of the most serious types of premises liability are slip and fall injuries and elevator accidents, as these can both result in injuries that can change or end lives. If you have been involved in either of these accidents, you are urged to contact a New York premises liability lawyer immediately to determine your legal rights for compensation.
Common slip and fall injuries in New York
When a property owner fails to provide a safe environment for customers, pedestrians, or other members of the public, and an accident occurs, that property owner may be held responsible for resulting injuries. Some of the most common types of slip and fall injuries in New York are attributed to:
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Broken stairs
- Poorly marked or unmarked changes in elevation
- Slippery surfaces
- Poorly maintained public spaces
- Uneven elevators
These types of accidents are even more dangerous in the winter months, as snow and ice can make public areas more slippery. Remember, property owners are also responsible for keeping their premises well shoveled and salted, if required, to protect you from falling on dangerous ice and/or snow.
Elevator accident in NYC
It sounds like a horror movie, but for some New York residents, elevator accidents have resulted in critical injuries and death. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 27 people die each year from elevator accidents. In many cases, these tragedies are attributed to poor maintenance that causes an elevator to malfunction, making these injuries preventable if only proper procedure had been followed. If only property owners had cared enough to keep the public safe.
Contact a New York premises liability lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a slip and fall or elevator accident in Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island or Long Island, the attorneys at The Sanders Firm offer a free consultation to explain your options for legal recourse.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and your complaint can also hold an irresponsible property owner legally liable for his or her negligence and/or shoddy maintenance. Beyond that, your New York premises liability lawyer will work to secure you damages to cover medical bills, ongoing treatments, and other costs associated with your accident.