Albany Premise Liability Lawyer
As the owner of property, you have certain duties to anyone who steps foot on your property, whether as an invited guest or a “trespasser.” You cannot have certain hazards on your property which have the potential to cause injuries to anyone visiting your property or you will be liable for any injuries. While premises liability cases are often brought against business owners who do not adequately protect their property from hidden dangers, they can additionally be brought against the owner of any property whose unsafe conditions lead to injuries. If you’re in such a situation, it’s important to find an effective and experienced Albany premise liability lawyer right away.
Premises Liability in New York
Premises liability is a unique part of personal injury cases in New York which affect property owners throughout the state and their guests. Accidents can occur in nearly any business or home, and as a home or business owner, you have specific duties to all guests on your property. These duties ensure that the property is kept free from any harm and any potential dangerous situations are either quickly repaired or contain adequate warnings to all guests. Trespassers additionally receive protection under premises liability actions. The most common cases regarding trespassers include cases in which tree roots uproot sidewalks in front of houses which lead to injuries. Other similar cases include something called “attractive nuisance” which often attracts children to the property as trespassers. These nuisances can be something like a crystal clear pool which seems inviting, but can be deadly if the child does not know how to swim.
Injuries can happen on any property, private or commercial, but frequently include the following locations:
- Grocery stores
- Amusement Parks
A typical customer, or invitee, has the greatest protection under the law. The owner or manager of each type of property has a duty to prevent an invitee from receiving injuries due to obvious dangers such as exposed wires, trip hazards, or spilled liquids.
A licensee, or social guest, is someone who is not an invitee but not a trespasser on the property. The amount of protection required for an invitee is not as great for a licensee. A licensee may further become a trespasser if the licensee oversteps boundaries set by the property owner.
Finally, a trespasser is afforded the lease amount of protection, but still invokes some rights under premises liability. A property owner may not set traps for trespassers once they are aware trespassers set foot on their property. Rather, a property owner must exercise care to ensure he does not directly injure a trespasser.
Premises liability cases involve a number of injuries that can be the result of dangerous conditions to the property. In order to bring a successful premises liability case, you must be able to prove that a property owner knew or should have known a danger existed and did not remove it, and the dangerous condition caused the injury.
Hug Law, PLLC | Albany, New York Premises Liability Attorney
If you have been injured as the result of a dangerous condition at somebody’s house or business, do not hesitate to contact Matthew Hug. Premises liability cases involve a unique part of the law which looks at the ability to protect against damages on property. Matthew Hug is experienced in protecting clients who have been injured in premises liability cases and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.