If you sustained injuries while trespassing, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Queens premises liability attorneys to learn if a trespasser can file a personal injury claim in New York.

Does a trespasser qualify for compensation in a New York premises liability claim?

If you sustained injuries on another person’s property as a trespasser, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Generally, you can’t hold a property owner or manager liable for injuries you sustained as a trespasser. However, some exceptions apply. Under the following exceptions can a trespasser file suit against a property owner or manager:

  • Dangerous dogs
  • Willful and wanton conduct
  • Discovered trespassers

What happens if a dog attacks a trespasser in New York?

If a property owner or manager has a dangerous dog, he or she will need to put up signs warning trespassers of the risk of harm from said animal. Failure to provide adequate warning can make owners liable to lawsuits.

What constitutes willful and wanton conduct?

A property owner or manager may have a duty to warn trespassers about any dangerous activities taking place on or near the property. For example, if the property owner allows practice shooting to go on in his or her backyard or on the grounds and someone is injured, he or she may face a personal injury claim.

What is a discovered trespasser in New York?

Generally, a property owner does not expect trespassers on his or her property, but if clear signs exist that trespassing is a frequent occurrence, he or she must take precautions to warn or remove any safety hazards. If the property owner is cognizant of hazardous conditions and a trespasser is injured, he or she may be held liable.

How can a Queens County personal injury lawyer help you?

Reaching out to one of our skilled Queens personal injury attorneys can make all the difference between you receiving the compensation you may be entitled to and your case being summarily dismissed. In New York, the law is on the side of property owners or managers. But just because you were trespassing does not mean that you do not deserve damages to pay for your medical bills, lost wages from being unable to work and pain and suffering. A qualified legal representative will help you collect the evidence needed to prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care and subsequently violated it.

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The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.