Holding Property Owners Responsible
Property owners have a duty to ensure their property is reasonably safe for visitors. But all too often, neglected property conditions cause injury. At the Law Offices of Mark B. Rubin, we help those who have been injured in New York City and the surrounding counties recover from injuries sustained on someone else’s property.
If you sustained an injury on commercial or residential property, you may be able to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark B. Rubin are dedicated to helping injured clients get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
Premises Liability Basics
Premises liability law covers a variety of injuries and property conditions, from structural flaws to environmental hazards. Examples include slipping and falling on a wet floor at the grocery store, tripping and falling on a crack in the sidewalk or street, or a ceiling collapsing and causing injury, to name a few. In these examples and many others, the property owner may be liable for injuries suffered.
Our lawyers handle premises liability cases involving, among others:
- Ceiling collapses
- Stairway injuries
- Elevator injuries
- Inadequate security
- Poor sidewalk maintenance
- Failure to remove snow or ice
Understanding Some Common Premises Liability Injuries
Slip-and-falls occur when a property owner does not maintain their grounds. Property owners can be held liable for having floors or grounds that are slippery due to the presence of a foreign substance (water, ice, or any other liquid or substance that causes someone to fall).
Trip-and-fall injuries are often caused by uneven or cracked ground surfaces, or if ground surfaces contain debris or other impediments. These can occur anywhere from public sidewalks and streets to inside of buildings. If you trip and fall due to an unsafe ground or floor condition, the property owner may be liable.
Stairway injuries are also common, especially if a staircase is poorly lit, poorly built, uneven or cluttered. These accidents often cause leg, arm, hand or shoulder injuries like sprains, torn tendons or ligaments, or fractures, and can also cause more severe injuries to other parts of the body.
Ceiling collapses occur due to poor construction and poor maintenance. If you live in an apartment that has a leak that has been ignored, that leak can ultimately lead to the surrounding ceiling collapsing and causing injury. In other cases, rot or flawed design can cause a ceiling to fall. It is a landlord’s or property owner’s responsibility to fix leaks and fix cracking ceilings. If you have been injured by a falling ceiling, contact the Law Offices of Mark B. Rubin to learn your legal rights.
Elevator injuries — Elevator injuries can occur due to poor construction or maintenance. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that their elevators are safe and in good working order. If you have been injured in an elevator, the property owner may be liable.
Snow and ice cases — Property owners are responsible for removing snow or ice from in front of their properties. If you have been injured due to a slip-and-fall accident on an accumulation of snow or ice, then the property owner may be at fault. Sidewalks and other walking surfaces must be kept in a safe and passable condition.
How Will I Pay For Legal Services?
We handle all personal injury claims under a contingent-fee arrangement. This means that our fee is a percentage of whatever a court awards you in damages — so if there is no recovery, we do not charge a fee.
Call To Schedule A Free Consultation
Our focus is on your recovery. We offer free consultations, including evening and weekend appointments, where you can discuss your case with an experienced attorney and learn your options. We can even meet with you in your home or at the hospital. Call 718-231-1515 or use our online contact form to start.