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Slip and Fall Attorney Serving Dewitt, New York 

In New York State, property owners are required under the law to keep their premises in reasonably safe conditions. These include regular inspections, prompt repairs of issues on the premises, fixing security threats, or warning visitors of potential hazards. Any property owner who fails to meet these standards may be held liable for injuries suffered by individuals who are lawfully on the property. 

If you slip and fall on someone else's property due to the building's unsafe or dangerous condition, you may be eligible to hold the property owner liable and pursue damages. Nichols Law Offices, PLLC is committed to offering experienced legal counsel and reliable representation to victims of slip and fall accidents in their injury claims. 

As a trusted New York State personal injury attorney, Mr. Nichols can investigate the aspects of your case, help identify the liable party, and fight compassionately to seek the fair financial compensation you deserve. Nichols Law Offices, PLLC, proudly represent clients across Syracuse, New York, and the surrounding areas of Fort Drum, Rome, and Jefferson County. 

Premises Liability in New York 

Premises liability is a legal concept that is often applied when a person is injured on another person's building or land due to the property owner's negligence. According to New York State premises liability laws, a landlord, property owner, or business owner may be held responsible for any accident or injury which occurs on their land, building, parking lot, or shopping mall as a result of the hazardous, defective, unsafe, or dangerous condition of the building. 

Examples of Premises Liability Accidents 

Some common examples of accidents or injuries that may result in a premises liability case include the following: 

  • Slip and fall accidents 

  • Accidents involving fire 

  • Dog bites, dog attacks, and other animal attacks 

  • Parking lot accidents 

  • Defective staircases or stair collapse 

  • Snow and ice accidents 

  • Swimming pool accidents 

  • Toxic fumes or chemicals 

  • Negligent security leading to assault or injury 

  • Oil leaks 

  • Water leaks or flooding 

  • Oilfield accidents 

If you or someone you know were involved in an accident on another person's property, you need to reach out to a highly-skilled premises liability attorney immediately. Your lawyer can explore your options to recover damages and help file your injury claims as soon as possible. 

Statute of Limitations 

The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York State is three (3) years from the date of the accident or injury. This means that the victim must bring a civil action seeking damages for their slip and fall injuries within three years from the date the injury or accident occurred.

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Determining Liability 

Depending on the event which caused the slip and fall accident and other surrounding circumstances, any of the following parties or entities may be held responsible: 

  • The landlord or homeowner due to the property's unsafe condition 

  • The business owner due to the dangerous or slippery conditions of the business's premises 

  • The municipal agency or government entity responsible for maintaining the property 

  • Your carelessness – if you slip and fall due to your lack of attention, negligence, or oversight 

  • The property management company that maintains the property 

  • Commercial property owners 

  • Companies that lease their business locations 

  • Construction companies and builders 

  • Service providers, such as maintenance, repair, and professional cleaning companies 

A practiced New York State slip and fall accident attorney can review every detail of your unique situation, determine the liable party or parties, and help prove fault. 

Proving Fault 

In order to seek damages in your slip and fall accident claims, you must prove fault by showing the following: 

  • The property owner was responsible for the unsafe condition which caused your slip and fall injury. 

  • The property owner failed to repair or warn you about the unsafe condition. 

  • The property owner knew – or should have known – that the property's condition was dangerous by "reasonable" person standards. 

A skilled attorney can help file your claims, seek to prove fault, and estimate the amount of compensation you may recover. 

Comparative Fault in New York   

New York State operates using the "pure comparative negligence" rule. According to the system, in an action to pursue damages for personal injury, the contributory negligence of one party shall not bar their ability to seek compensation. 

However, the total compensation they may recover will be reduced by their fault degree. Under New York State's pure comparative negligence rule, you may still be able to recover damages even if you were up to 99% responsible for the slip and fall accident or injury. 

How an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help 

Getting injured in a slip-and-fall accident can be difficult and overwhelming. Thankfully, New York State laws allow you to hold the negligent property owner liable for failing to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition. An experienced personal injury attorney can help protect your rights and determine how to proceed with your injury claims. 

Mr. Nichols is poised and ready to assist and represent clients in their slip-and-fall accident cases. Using his in-depth knowledge, he can guide you through the complex processes involved in premises liability claims. Above all, Mr. Nichols will fight compassionately to represent your best interests and help you seek the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and damages. 

Slip and Fall Attorney Serving Dewitt, New York 

If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident on another person's property, you may pursue fair financial compensation. Call Nichols Law Offices, PLLC, today to schedule a simple case assessment. Mr. Nichols can offer you the personalized legal guidance and vigorous representation you need. The firm proudly represents clients across Syracuse, Fort Drum, Rome, and Jefferson County, New York.