Falls Aren't Always Your Fault

Everyday life is unpredictable. An accident can happen just about anywhere at any moment. However, oftentimes slips, trips and falls are a direct result of the negligence of a property owner or legal tenant. If you have been the victim of an accident on someone's premises though no fault of your own, whether a commercial establishment, private home or public property, it is your legal right to investigate the cause, and in the case of wrongdoing, file suit on the basis of premises liability.

The Duty Of The Property Owner

Individuals, businesses and even government agencies have clearly defined responsibilities for maintaining property in a safe condition. When an owner or tenant has knowledge of a potential hazard on their property, or have been remiss in performing regular safety assessments and timely maintenance, it can be deemed negligence on their part.

Find Out If You Have A Case

When there has been in an accident you believe meets the description of premises liability in New Jersey or New York, expert personal injury counsel is essential for establishing the validity of your claim and setting the legal process in motion. The personal injury attorneys at Elefterakis Elefterakis & Panek will fight to ensure victims receive maximum compensation for slip-and-fall accidents that often result in life-changing consequences. As a victim or a surviving family member, you may be entitled to compensation for everything from medical expenses and lost wages to damages from pain and suffering.

Five Common Premises Liability Cases

The following are among the most common examples of premises liability (slips, trips and falls) where landowners or tenants have been held financially responsible for injuries that occurred from negligent maintenance of property:

  • Trip and fall on a sidewalk or walkway due to uneven, cracked pavement or the presence of sidewalk flags. In addition to home and business owners, it is often the city that is ultimately held responsible
  • Slip and fall on ice or slick ground as a result of improper shoveling and salting
  • Stairway defects resulting from factors, including improper construction in accordance with local building codes, damaged steps or lack of step uniformity, loose handrails or improper handrail length and positioning
  • Ceiling collapses in a building or home caused by lack of maintenance or the result of construction and building materials that fail to meet code
  • Slip and fall as a result of a wet floor, improper lighting, tripping hazard or hole. Owners of a premises or employees must alert visitors verbally and/or with clear signage and correct the potential danger within a reasonable amount of time.

If you have been hurt on someone else's property, call the personal injury firm of Elefterakis Elefterakis & Panek in New York City to learn if there was something that could have (or should have) been done to prevent your injury from ever happening.

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To schedule your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, call our New York office at 646-561-9161 or 877-820-6510 toll free, or send us an email.