Premises Liability Lawyer in Queens, NY
When you are on someone else’s property in Queens, the property’s owner or person who manages it has a duty to keep you safe. The property owner must maintain the property, keep it free of dangerous conditions, and make sure that guests do not get hurt. Unfortunately, when property owners or landlords do not take steps to keep you safe, you can end up with serious injuries.
At The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., we understand the physical, emotional and financial struggles you may face after an accident such as a slip and fall. We know what you are going through, and we are ready to provide the aggressive advocacy and personalized service you need. We will pursue the maximum amount of compensation for you, and we will always give you the full attention you deserve.
If you have been injured in an accident on someone else’s property in Queens, let our aggressive negotiators and skilled trial lawyers take the pressure off you. Contact us today at for your free case review.
What Is Premises Liability?
Under a legal theory known as premises liability, property owners, managers, occupiers, and even tenants may be held responsible for the injuries that happen on their property in certain circumstances.
The persons in control of a property must keep it reasonably safe for any guests. If property owners allow a hazardous condition to occur, or if a dangerous condition arises due to weather, for example, they must take steps to correct it. If they fail to do so, and someone is harmed, the property owners or managers may be liable for those injuries.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Premises Liability Claim?
As part of your premises liability claim, you must prove these elements:
- You were a guest on the property. As part of your claim, you must show that the persons in control of the property invited or allowed you on the property. You must show you were specifically asked to be on the property – for instance, a co-worker invited you into his home. You may have simply entered a building open to the public, such as a department store. In most cases, a person who is trespassing on someone’s property is not considered a guest and cannot pursue a premises liability claim.
- A dangerous condition existed on the property. A dangerous condition might include slippery floors, broken stairs, ice on a store’s sidewalk or any other condition that could cause you harm.
- The persons in control of the property knew, or should have known, about the hazard. As part of your claim, you must show that the property owner or manager knew the problem existed or they should have known about it through activities such as routine maintenance of the property.
- You were injured because those in control of the property were negligent in their duties. Suppose a broken pipe creates a puddle of water on the floor. The property owner is aware of this ongoing problem but does not fix it. When you slip and fall in the puddle, you could argue the owner’s negligence caused your injuries.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, our firm is ready to help you. Common locations of slip and fall accidents include:
- Apartment complexes – Landlords have a duty to maintain their property and make sure it is safe for tenants and their guests. When you slip on the grounds of the apartment complex where a friend lives, compensation may be available.
- Hotels – When people travel, they often go to hotels because of their safety and convenience. Hotels are common venues for slip and fall accidents. From slippery floors in dining areas to loose carpeting in the rooms, hotels can place guests in hazardous situations.
- Malls and retail stores – Malls and retail stores provide long walkable areas for guests. Spills and slippery floors are common in these locations, leading to avoidable injuries. During the winter, melted snow and ice can create numerous dangers near a store’s entrance. Freshly waxed floors without posted warnings may also create conditions where patrons slip and fall.
- Restaurants and bars – Puddles of cleaning products, spilled drinks and many other problems can cause potentially dangerous conditions at bars and restaurants. If you slip and fall at a restaurant, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
- Office buildings – Office workers enter and leave office buildings throughout the day. Those who own or operate the buildings must keep them safe. Maintenance of safe, dry, unobstructed entryways can prevent slip and fall accidents. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can occur when those areas are overlooked.
How Can a Premises Liability Law Firm Help?
A premises liability lawyer from The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., in Queens can help you in these ways:
- Pulling together the paperwork, evidence and testimony that your claim needs
- Taking the pressure off you by building your claim on your behalf
- Analyzing your claim under New York law
- Explaining how your claim may move forward and what types of compensation may be available
- Keeping you updated on the status of your claim
- Aggressively negotiating with insurance companies for the compensation you deserve
- Fighting for you in court with skill and tenacity
Pursuing Maximum Compensation After an Injury on Dangerous Property
Premises liability compensation can pay for these expenses that arise after your injury:
- Your medical bills stemming from your accident, including treatment that you needed immediately after your accident and treatment that your injuries may need in the future
- Lost wages and lost future earning potential because of your injuries
- The pain and suffering that your injuries cause
- Property damage you suffer, including damage to your clothes, your phone, and other personal belongings
- Emotional distress caused by your accident
- Punitive damages in cases where those responsible for your injuries acted with extreme recklessness or malice
If you have been injured, speak with an attorney about how you can pursue maximum compensation in your claim. A Queens premises liability attorney from The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., can identify what types of compensation may be available to you.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt on Someone Else’s Property
After an accident, your actions matter. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, protect yourself and your rights by taking these steps:
- Take care of your injuries and your health. If you suffer serious injuries, call medical responders to the accident scene.
- Notify the property owner or the people who are in control of the property. As part of a claim, those people will need to know where and when your accident happened. When reporting it. Stick to the facts and do not lay blame on anyone, including yourself.
- Photograph the accident scene. If you are able to do so, take photos of the accident scene. Once those in control of the property learn of your injuries, they may take steps to address the hazard. That means the accident scene may change quickly. Your photos should show how the property looked when you were injured.
- Photograph your injuries. Photos of your injuries can be an important part of your claim.
- Stay off social media. Social media is no place for discussions of your accident or your recovery. Protect your claim by not posting anything about the accident and your injuries.
- Keep the clothing and footwear you were wearing when you were injured. Accidents can tear clothing, get it dirty or make it unusable. Your clothes and shoes can provide important evidence in your claim. Keep that clothing in the condition it was in when you were injured.
- Talk with a premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. Do not wait to get legal help after an accident. A lawyer can handle your claim, pursue maximum compensation, and fight for your rights every step of the way.
Time Limit on Premises Liability Claims in New York
For most premises liability claims in New York, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a premises liability lawsuit. In some cases, the time limit can be shorter. It is best to get your claim started as soon as possible. Your attorney can determine what time limit applies in your case and begin to build your claim for compensation.
Talk to a Queens Premises Liability Attorney Now
If you have been injured on someone else’s property in Queens, contact The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., today. Our legal team understands the pressures you face after an accident, and we will move quickly to take the burden off you. We can build your claim and aggressively negotiate for the compensation you deserve. We can stand up for your rights in court, if necessary. We will always go the extra mile as we pursue a full and fair recovery on your behalf.
With the personalized service and aggressive advocacy you deserve, The Tadchiev Law Firm, P.C., is here to help. Call us today to for a free consultation.