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Premises liability means injured people may not be alone

New Yorkers are a tough and hardy crowd. They're used to taking care of themselves. Sometimes, however, accidents happen and people get injured through now fault of their own. In those situations, it's reasonable to expect the party responsible for the accident to assume the costs. This includes situations where a New Yorker is injured due to a property owner's negligence.

Premises liability is the principle by which a manager or owner of a property or business has responsibility for the reasonable safety of anyone who visits it. This may apply to any number of public spaces, provided the victim of a potential injury is legally present.

How does someone prove a premises liability claim? It all comes down to negligence and cause. Was a manager or owner negligent in letting unsafe conditions exist? Also, did that negligence directly cause the injury? If the answer to both questions is yes, then a plaintiff may have a solid case.

Plaintiffs in premises liability claims can also successfully pursue damages even when they weren't legally on the premises. If the owner knew, for example, that trespassers were common but didn't do anything about it, or if an unsafe condition attracted or was accessed by a child, then the responsibility for any injuries probably still falls back on that owner.

Questions about slip-and-fall incidents and other cases involving premises liability may call an attorney to resolve them. A lawsuit for financial damages may make recovery easier with the help people need to get over injuries and illnesses that were not their fault. An attorney can review the details of an injury and try to track it back to the responsible parties for the purposes of law.

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