If you get hurt on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. Property owners are supposed to keep their land free from obvious hazards that could cause people harm. When they don’t do that, they open themselves up to lawsuits. If you believe that you are owed compensation after getting hurt on someone else’s land, our Queens premises liability attorneys will do everything that they can to help.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Claim?

New York gives you three years to sue for personal injury after you have been harmed on someone else’s property. However, if you plan to file a premises liability claim against a government entity, you have far less time. If the government is involved, you must make a claim within 90 days. Only then can a lawsuit be filed against the city or any other government party.

What Can Be Considered a Premises Liability Claim?

Many types of accidents can qualify you to make a premises liability claim. Some common causes of claims include:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Toxic exposure
  • Inadequate security
  • Defective or broken stairways
  • Ceiling collapse
  • Fires
  • Safety code violations

Basically, any time there is a hazard that causes the property to be dangerous for guests, it’s the owner’s responsibility to address it. If they know about a safety issue and do nothing to address it, they should be held accountable when someone gets injured.

How Can a Lawyer Help With My Premises Liability Claim?

Proving negligence on your own can be tough, which is why we recommend having a lawyer handle your premises liability claim. An attorney can draw a clear line between the property owner’s inaction and your injuries. They can also:

  • Answer your questions about the legal process
  • Keep you reminded about important dates and deadlines
  • Gather evidence needed to make your case
  • Prepare you for testimony
  • Consult expert witnesses

How Long Do Cases Like This Take?

A premises liability claim is unlikely to settle overnight. In most cases, you can expect your case to take a few months or up to a year. The first offer from an insurer is likely to be inadequate. It’s the least they think they can get away with giving you. A lawyer from our firm will do their best to negotiate fair compensation. We will even fight for you in court if a settlement isn’t reached.

Schedule a Consultation Today

When you are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve, our premises liability attorneys are ready to assist you. Contact the Law Offices of George Poulos and schedule your consultation today. We would be happy to take a closer look at your case and advise you about your options.