Landlords, small business owners, and even government agencies must maintain their buildings, walkways, and roadways to a certain standard. If they fail to do so and someone sustains injuries, the victim may be able to file a premises liability claim to recover compensation for the damages they incurred. Below, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., of the Bronx, NY, answers some of the most frequently asked questions on this particular area of personal injury law.
Premises Liability FAQ
Who Might Have a Valid Premises Liability Claim?
Often called slip and fall cases, premises liability claims are those in which the plaintiff sustained injuries on someone else’s property as the direct result of carelessness or negligent upkeep. You might have a valid claim if you were hurt inside a building, in the attached parking lot, or on the sidewalk out front.
Can You Sue the Government If You Fall on Public Property?
Bringing a claim against a government agency is complicated, and claimants have incredibly short deadlines in which to do so, but it is possible. If you were hurt on a poorly maintained road or sidewalk, a seasoned attorney can review your case to determine if you have a legitimate claim against a particular governing entity.
What Kinds of Damages Can You Recover in a Premises Liability Claim?
When negotiating for a settlement, you can include various damages in the total compensation. For example, accident victims can typically recover funds for medical bills, lost income, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you were hurt on poorly maintained property and you want to file a premises liability claim, contact Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., in the Bronx, NY. You can learn more about the quality legal representation he has been providing clients for more than 40 years by visiting his website. To schedule an initial consultation with a premises liability lawyer and start building your claim, call (718) 822-0500.