Premises Liability FAQs
If you are seriously injured on someone else’s property, you may have a case for premises liability. Premises liability includes slip-and-falls, trip-and-falls, elevator accidents and accidents related to construction defects, among others. At Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C., we have extensive experience handling all types of premises liability claims. To learn more about premises liability, read the following frequently asked questions, or schedule a free consultation by calling our office at 718-380-1010 or contacting us online. דוברים עברית. Se habla español. Мы говорим на русском.
What should I do after an accident?
The steps you take after a premises liability accident can help or hurt your case if you decide to file a personal injury claim. After any type of accident, we recommend that you:
- Take the time to remember and write down everything that happened, including how you were hurt and what caused your accident.
- Report the accident to the right person. If you were injured in someone’s home, tell the homeowner. If you were hurt in a store, ask to speak to the manager.
- See a doctor, even if your injuries do not seem severe. Be honest with your doctor so he or she can provide an accurate diagnosis.
- Talk to an experienced lawyer. The attorney you work with can make a major difference in the outcome of your case.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In most cases, you have up to three years after an accident to file a claim. However, it takes time to build a solid case. To give yourself the best chance at a successful claim, it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible.
What responsibilities do property owners have for preventing accidents?
Property owners are required to keep their premises reasonably safe for those who may enter. If a potential hazard exists, the property owner must make that hazard known to guests.
How do you prove a premises liability claim?
To prove fault in a premises liability claim, you must prove the following:
- The property owner or tenant knew about dangerous conditions, should have known about them or caused them.
- The property owner’s negligence caused your injury or was a major contributing factor.
- Your actions did not contribute to your injuries more than the property owner’s negligence.
Proving negligence in a premises liability accident takes thorough investigation by skilled attorneys. At our law firm, we not only have decades of combined experience, but also call upon experts when necessary to ensure that you have the best chance at securing maximum compensation.
What damages can I recover compensation for?
If you are injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to seek compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent disability.