If you get hurt on someone else’s property and sue for damages, it helps if you can prove that they knew about a safety hazard and did nothing to fix it. Our Queens premises liability attorneys can help you gather evidence, build a case, and fight for the compensation that you deserve.
What Can Be Considered a Safety Hazard?
Plenty of different objects and situations should register as a safety hazard to a property owner. If they notice one of these hazards and do nothing to fix them, they should be held accountable when someone gets injured. Potential dangers include:
- Broken pavement and walkways
- Defective or missing handrails for stairwells
- Slipping hazards and spills
- Cluttered walkways
- Unmarked holes and pits in the ground
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security measures
Anything that could lead to injuries for guests or residents should be dealt with as soon as possible.
What Do I Have to Show in My Case?
You have to show a few different things in order to make your case. Obviously, you must show that the defendant is responsible for the property itself. If you can show that they are responsible for the property, that they knew about a safety hazard, and that they did nothing to prevent an accident, then you may have an effective personal injury case on your hands.
You also have to show that you were invited onto the property and there lawfully. You must also have been using the property in an intended way. This prevents people from doing reckless things on other people’s property and then trying to turn the blame around onto them.
What Evidence Against the Property Owner Could Be Useful?
When you are trying to prove that a property owner knew about a safety hazard and its potential danger, having the right evidence on your side is a necessity. Your lawyer can assist you as you gather the necessary information and talk to witnesses. Some things that could help you include:
- Photos of the unsafe conditions
- Records of complaints and communications about the safety hazard
- Info about the building’s maintenance history
- Surveillance footage of an accident
- Witness testimony about the safety hazard and the property owner’s history
What Compensation Should I Receive If I’m Hurt By a Safety Hazard?
Your compensation should help you cover any expenses resulting from the accident. This means medical bills, including the cost of future care if your injuries are going to have lasting effects. If you have to miss work, your compensation should help make up for the missed wages. You should also be reimbursed for the pain and suffering you and your loved ones have experienced as a result of this accident.
Talk to a Lawyer Today
So when you are ready to pursue damages, contact the Law Offices of George Poulos. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about how we can be of assistance.