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Who is responsible for an accident on premises?

If you trip on your own furniture in your own home, it's hard to deny that you made a mistake. You picked where to live, you chose the furniture and you put it where it is. But what if you get hurt on someone else's property? Who is to blame?

  • Where does the buck stop in a premises liability case?

There are several parties that could possibly be at fault if you have been injured on property that is controlled and maintained as a public space. Under New York law, a person or entity in control of a property like this owes a duty to take reasonable care for visitors' safety.

  • Who is in control of a property?

This is where a lawsuit may get tricky. The owner of a property is ultimately responsible for the safety of people who are willingly on public space. But there are many properties in New York that are owned by limited-liability corporations and other entities that may prove difficult to pin down.

  • Who else may be responsible?

Managers who have been delegated control of properties and who are often on the front lines of safety-related decisions, are often liable as well in these incidents. Occasionally, contractors and others who had some sort of control over safety precautions on-site may also have liability under the law.

  • Who can help figure all this out?

An attorney is often the person to help work out the ways a person can seek recovery from a slip and fall or other premises-related injury. A lawyer can help identify who was legally responsible.

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