Keith DeVries, Accident Lawyer NYC – Premise Liability and Slip & Fall
Property owners in New York City have a responsibility to provide for the reasonable safety of those who visit their properties. This is also a requirement for property managers, landlords, and any others who might have responsibility over a property on which you might have been injured. When those accountable fail to meet such responsibilities and someone does suffer an injury, a premise liability case may be an option for the victim. Sometimes, a premise liability accident is referred to as a “slip and fall” accident because, often, slipping and falling is what causes the injury to the victim. A slip and fall injury can happen on any sort of property for a multiplicity of reasons: in an office, mall, restaurant, shopping center, grocery store, or any other establishment. The slip can arise from a substance on the floor, uneven flooring, icy sidewalks, a slippery floor service, improper lighting, and host of other issues. When you sustain a personal injury due to the possible negligence of a property owner, Keith DeVries is the accident attorney in New York who has the experience and expertise you need when you need help in pursuing damages for medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of future income, and more.
What Constitutes a Premise Liability Injury Case?
Keith DeVries is committed to providing you the very best representation if you have a premise liability case. When you first contact Keith DeVries for an initial free consultation, he will thoroughly evaluate your accident to determine the extent, if any, of the property owner’s responsibility. In many instances, your reason for being on the property can have an impact as to the level of accountability the property owner bears. In most instances, you will have been one of the following:
- An Invitee – This is an individual who has been asked onto the property of another. A business is considered to have issued a blanket invitation for clients and customers or potential clients and customers to be there. If you’ve been asked to someone’s private property or residence, you would also be an invitee. A property owner has the highest responsibility for providing for the reasonable safety of someone who has been asked onto the property, including repairing or attending to any problem issues.
- A Licensee – A licensee differs from an invitee in that a licensee is on the property to conduct business of his or her own doing, but that presence has been consented to by the owner. For example, a copy machine repair person who enters a business on a service call would be considered a licensee. The responsibility of a property owner to keep the licensee safe still exists, but is not as extensive as with an invitee. In general, an owner, property manager, or landlord would need to warn a licensee of potential dangers, but would not necessarily be found negligent for not fixing those dangers.
- Trespasser – In the case of a trespasser who is on another’s property without having been invited or consented to, an owner has no obligation if the trespasser is an adult. In the case of a child, however, an owner can be held liable if enough care was not taken to prevent a child from entering an attractive, yet potentially dangerous, situation, as in the case of an unfenced or poorly secured swimming pool. There have also been some instances in which a property owner has been held liable for injury to a trespasser because it was proven that the owner knew or should have known that the trespass was incredibly probable.
Because the law requires that the owner or responsible party to have known about or be reasonably expected to have known about the danger, you will need a personal injury lawyer who has the ability to prove that such negligence was present. Keith DeVries has a successful track record in holding property owners and their representatives accountable for negligent and even reckless behavior when it comes to providing for the safety of those on their property. In addition, it is likely that the owner’s attorney will attempt to prove that your injury was because of your own negligence. Because New York operates on a basis of comparative negligence when it comes to personal injury cases, you may still be entitled to compensation, even if you were also at fault to some extent. Having a knowledgeable attorney with the ability to put everything into proper perspective is essential. With his extensive experience in this area, in Keith DeVries, you have an accident lawyer who is prepared to assist you with any kind of slip and fall or premise liability case.
What Are Examples of Premise Liability?
- Failure to post adequate warnings
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Elevator/Escalator mishaps
- Drowning/swimming pool accidents
- Accident/Illness from toxic mold/chemicals
- Dangerous stairwells/staircases
- Structural defects
- … and more
If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident, Don’t Hesitate – Contact Us For a Free Consultation Today!
Because evidence and witnesses can be so important in cases such as yours, time is of the essence in contacting an injury attorney in New York. Do not hesitate any longer. Schedule your free consultation with accident lawyer NYC Keith DeVries today, by calling 212.227.0780 (in NYC) or 718.873.0835 (from Brooklyn and the Bronx). Or you can fill out the convenient online form to have the Law Office of Keith DeVries, Attorney at Law, get in touch with you.