Premises Liability: Who Is At Fault For My Injury?

The term "premises liability" refers, in essence, to responsibility for conditions or activities on some property or premises. Property owners, including municipalities, have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to remedy any dangerous conditions that they knew or should have known about.

Landlords are responsible for repairing unsafe conditions in tenants' apartments, as well as common areas such as hallways, elevators and garages. Tenants or lessees may also be responsible for unsafe conditions in their apartments or places of business. When the failure of property owners, tenants or lessees to perform their legal duty of inspecting, repairing and maintaining their properties results in serious injuries, they can be held accountable.

At Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., in New York City, our personal injury lawyers have significant experience representing accident victims in premises liability cases. We have been representing injured people since 1965. Contact us online, call us at 212.732.4992 or call us toll free at 800.574.4529 for a free consultation.

Highly Experienced Attorneys For Your Injury Case

Our firm has more than 50 years of experience helping people recover compensation in personal injury cases. We have achieved significant verdicts and settlements in premises liability and other injury cases. We represent people injured in a wide range of premises accidents:

  • Slip-and-falls and trip-and-falls: One of the most common types of premises liability accidents is a slip-and-fall. Any dangerous situation that was known to the property owner and not corrected can lead to a fall.
  • Assaults and negligent security: If you have been injured after someone else has assaulted you, you can take civil action against them even if they are already facing criminal charges. You may also be able to take action against the property owner of the location where you were assaulted if the property owner's premises security was negligent or insufficient.
  • Elevator accidents: Defective elevators, unsecured elevator shafts, elevator misleveling accidents or other elevator accidents can result in serious injuries. You may be able to take action against the property owner or the elevator maintenance company.
  • Lead paint cases: Since lead paint has been proven toxic to people and animals, its use is prohibited. Unfortunately, there are many homes and other properties where people live, work and play that have leftover lead paint from when the property was originally constructed, exposing individuals (and especially infants) to the potential for lead paint poisoning.
  • Accidents at schools and playgrounds: Children often become injured in accidents on a playground or at school. You may have a right to take action against any negligent party whose actions or lack of action resulted in the accident.
  • Unsafe conditions: When an unsafe condition exists on someone else's property, visitors can sustain very serious and life-altering injuries. We handle premises liability cases that stem from unsafe conditions at day care centers, nursing homes, apartment buildings, co-ops and condominiums.
  • Amusement park accidents: Whether you have been injured on a ride that malfunctioned or in an incident that happened in the park, you may have grounds upon which to seek compensation for your amusement park injuries.

Sample Premises Liability Case Results

$2.21 million settlement during trial for catastrophic injuries for premises liability for a 25-year-old woman working as live-in nanny who was exposed to toxic acetone fumes when employer's home was cleaned (without her knowledge) to remove paint. She suffered toxic demyelination of the brain.

$650,000 settlement for premises liability for a 50-year-old tenant who fell entering elevator in his apartment building that was misleveled, and suffered injuries to the neck and back. He required two laminectomy/fusion operations for the lumbosacral spine, but defendants argued that his surgery was due to a serious motor vehicle accident that occurred six years earlier.

$500,000 settlement in a premises liability case for a 36-year-old firefighter who fell on rusted and bent steps on a fire escape, with resulted in aggravation of a pre-existing herniated/bulging disc.

Contact Our New York Premises Liability Attorneys

If you or a family member suffered a serious injury as a result of a property owner's negligence, contact Arye, Lustig & Sassower, P.C., by email, call our Manhattan offices locally at 212.732.4992 or call us toll free at 800.574.4529. Your first consultation is free of charge, and you will not pay attorney's fees unless we secure compensation for you.