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By Joseph Dell
Managing Partner

People who suffer serious injuries often find themselves out of work and facing mounting medical bills. Fortunately, if you’ve been hurt on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Following an accident on someone else’s property, one of several parties may be liable for your injuries. In this article, we discuss what to do if you’re injured on someone else’s property in Long Island.  

Liability for an Injury Suffered on Someone Else’s Property

Property owners in New York have a duty to protect visitors from harm. If a property owner knows or should know of a hazard on the property, then the owner is required to take action to resolve the issue. Until the matter is resolved, the owner must warn visitors to the property about the hazard or take other steps to prevent injuries. The failure to do so constitutes negligence and may make the owner liable for any resulting injuries. 

Causes of Premises Liability 

There are several common causes of premises liability accidents, including:

  • Missing handrails
  • Cracked asphalt or concrete 
  • Accumulated ice or snow
  • Water leaks and spills
  • Loose mats or rugs
  • Unsecured cords or cables
  • Unmarked curbs or steps
  • Insufficient lighting

Proving Fault in a Premises Liability Case

To prove fault in a New York premises liability case, you must demonstrate the following elements:

  • The owner of the property owed you a duty to keep you safe from hazards,
  • The property owner failed to fulfill this duty,
  • The property owner’s failure caused your injury, and 
  • You suffered damages. 

How an Attorney Can Help

The most important thing to do after receiving medical care for your injury is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Following a premises liability injury, an experienced attorney will gather and review the following information to prepare your case:  

  • Photos or videos of the scene of the accident
  • Photos or videos of your injuries
  • Witness statements
  • Accident reports
  • Claims or safety history
  • Expert opinions

Damages for Premises Liability 

If the property owner is found liable for your injuries, you may be entitled to financial compensation for multiple types of damages, including:

  • Lost income
  • Medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish

In addition, if your injuries require ongoing or future care, you may be able to obtain financial compensation for future medical treatment. And if you can’t return to work or can’t resume your previous job duties due to your injury, you may qualify for financial compensation for diminished earning capacity and the loss of future income.

Contact Our Long Island Personal Injury Lawyers 

If you’ve suffered an injury on someone else’s property in Long Island, New York, the law firm of Dell & Dean, PLLC, is here to help. When you reach out to us, we will review the facts of your case, formulate a legal strategy, and aggressively seek financial compensation on your behalf. Please contact us to speak to an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer

Dell & Dean, PLLC handles claims throughout Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island as well as the boroughs of New York City, and the surrounding areas. 

About the Author
Joseph G. Dell, the firm’s Managing Partner, is regarded as one of New York State’s top trial lawyers and a zealous advocate of those injured through the negligence of others. Having founded the firm in 1994 with the singular goal of leveling the playing field for those injured, Mr. Dell has worked tirelessly for his clients since its inception. In addition to meeting with clients on a daily basis and trying cases, Mr. Dell is a frequent lecturer at Law School and Bar Associations on cases of significant importance in the fields of negligence and medical malpractice. If you have any questions regarding this article, you can contact Mr. Dell here.