Property owners owe a duty of care to people who inhabit or visit their properties, as well as people who walk on sidewalks next to those properties. A property owner has an obligation to take reasonable precautions to protect the safety and well-being of customers, renters and visitors. This obligation to maintain a property in reasonably safe condition exists in common law (commonly understood responsibilities) as well as in statutes (explicit, written laws).Challenging The 'I Didn't Know' Defense
When a tenant or client slips and falls on a slick surface or trips and falls on stairs, a property owner sometimes attempts to excuse himself or herself by asserting, "I didn't know the handrail was loose" or "I didn't know that grease was dripping on the floor." Lack of notice is not always a valid excuse. When a case goes to trial, a jury will consider whether the owner knew or should have known that a hazardous condition was putting people at risk.
Obviously, there will be differing opinions and gray areas when a jury considers whether a property owner should have known that a floor was wet, carpet was torn or debris was strewn along a walkway. This is why it is very important to work with an experienced premises liability lawyer from the beginning in a dangerous premises case. Attorneys at Caesar and Napoli, P.C., remind injured people not to discuss the circumstances of an accidental injury with any investigator or insurance claims adjuster before talking to a lawyer. You could unwittingly ruin your case before it gets underway.Well-Prepared Representation For Slip-And-Fall Accidents
Work with a negligence and personal injury lawyer at Caesar and Napoli, P.C., after you have suffered a serious injury in a slip-and-fall accident. We will work to ensure that you are fully aware of your rights. We will devise strategies designed to get you the compensation you should have after an accidental injury due to property owner negligence. Personal injury lawyers at our New York law firm offer free initial consultations.Seek Justice For Your Injuries
Did your landlord fail to make a timely repair, resulting in hazardous conditions that caused your accidental injury? Whether it was a leaking garbage disposal or a crumbling ceiling, if your injury could have been prevented through proper maintenance, learn how Caesar and Napoli, P.C., can help. For a free consultation, contact us at (888) 235-6766. We handle premises liability cases on a contingency basis. This means you will not owe attorneys' fees until we recover compensation for you.