Proven Attorneys for Your Premises Liability Case

Under New York State law, property owners have an obligation to provide people on their premises with a safe place to walk, travel, learn and shop. When the neglect of an owner, maintenance company or other property manager creates a hazardous condition which causes you to be injured, it may be possible to file a premises liability lawsuit.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have a history of obtaining successful verdicts and settlements for clients across New York. Select results include:

  • $5,850,000 settlement after an apartment ceiling collapse case
  • $5,500,000 settlement for a defective elevator case
  • $3,125,000 award for a Brooklyn slip and fall case

These types of accidents can occur anywhere, including office buildings, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, grocery stores, schools or parks. At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we can assist in a number of premises liability matters, including those involving:

Block O'Toole & Murphy has won over 300 verdicts and settlements exceeding $1,000,000 each. Call 212-736-5300 to receive a free legal consultation from one of our experienced premises liability lawyers today.

What Is A Premises Liability Lawsuit?

A premises liability lawsuit can be filed when you are injured on somebody else's property due to a defect or condition which the owner, maintenance company, or other entity responsible for safety on the property should have been able to prevent if they were acting with reasonable care.

It must be then be established that the defect or condition which caused you to be injured only existed due to negligence on the part of the landowner or employees at the business. To establish negligence, one of three things must be true:

  • The Defendant created the dangerous condition. Example: The floors of a grocery store are cleaned and waxed, but the business is re-opened before the floor can properly dry, causing somebody to slip and fall.
  • The Defendant had "actual notice" of the defect, meaning that the owner or their employees had direct awareness of a hazard on the premises but did not correct it. Example: Employees see that the entrance to their business is covered in black ice. They know they must put down salt but want to have a cup of coffee first. While they wait, somebody walks by and slips on the black ice.
  • The Defendant had "constructive notice" of the defect. Constructive notice means that there should have been awareness of a hazardous defect if the controlling entity was taking good care of their premises. To prove this, it must be demonstrated that the defect was visible for a reasonable amount of time to have been noticed. Example: Somebody is killed in a fire, and it is later revealed that the owner hadn't replaced or serviced the fire alarm since it was installed many years earlier.

To successfully file a premises liability lawsuit, the burden of proof falls on you and your lawyer to establish that the defect in question should have been preventable by the parties responsible for the property.

Common Types of Premises Liability Cases

Accidents that result in a premises liability lawsuit can happen anywhere. Defects which commonly lead to these types of lawsuits include:

  • Dirty floors or obstructed walkways which cause slip and fall accidents
  • Negligent or inadequate security which leads to bodily harm to a customer
  • Defective stairways or handrails which can cause falling accidents
  • Inadequately lit areas with high foot traffic
  • Ceiling or roof collapses, often brought on by a neglected water leak
  • Violations against fire code, such as broken smoke alarms or blocked emergency exits
  • Malfunctioning elevators or escalators
  • Tree falls when it was clear that the tree was a hazard
  • Accidents at school, particularly those that occur on a playground or in the cafeteria

Photo and video evidence of the defective condition is important because two common defense strategies are to label a defect either trivial or open and obvious. A trivial defect is one that is insignificant enough that a person acting responsibly should not have been injured by it. Along similar lines, an open and obvious defect is one that is clearly visible to anybody near it, and thus one that the owner is not obligated to warn people of.

These issues are murky and can take years to sort through. When clear photo evidence is available, it can help remove much of the speculation and debate surrounding the conditions which caused your injury. In absence of photo evidence (or in conjunction with it), evidence such as previous lawsuits, complaints or citations for violating fire and safety codes can also shed light on the longstanding presence of unsafe conditions.

Contact an NYC Premises Liability Lawyer

If you have been injured on somebody else's property, it's important to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney with a track record of success to help you receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have a long history of winning successful verdicts and settlements in premises liability lawsuits. Notable results include:

  • $5,850,000 settlement for a woman who required multiple spinal surgeries after her apartment ceiling collapsed
  • $5,500,000 settlement for a Manhattan worker injured in an elevator accident, causing multiple herniated discs
  • $3,125,000 award in a Brooklyn case for a woman who was injured when she slipped on a hotel floor
  • $2,750,000 settlement for a mother of two who tripped and fell due to an uneven sidewalk at a shopping center
  • $2,700,000 settlement for a woman who tripped and fell on a raised and cracked sidewalk flag, requiring multiple spinal fusion surgeries
  • $2,650,000 settlement for an electrician who fell after stepping into a shallow depression while descending a newly-installed staircase
  • $2,250,000 settlement for a Bronx woman who fell down her apartment stairs which were wet due to a water leak coming from the roof
  • $2,000,000 award for a man who was injured when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and came to a sudden stop between floors
  • $1,900,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell down steps which had recently been mopped, causing multiple cervical herniations
  • $1,900,000 settlement for a worker who was injured when an elevator malfunctioned, causing an escape hatch to fall and injure him
  • $1,650,000 settlement for a wrongful death caused by a building code violation of improper ventilation
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk in the Bronx, requiring ACDF surgery
  • $1,500,000 settlement for the tenant of an apartment who slipped and fell due to snow at the entrance of the building
  • $1,500,000 award for a Bronx tenant who tripped over a slightly-raised metal strip on the edge of the step
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a Plaintiff who was stabbed by an unknown assailant at a hospital due to negligent security
  • $1,450,000 settlement for a Brooklyn tenant who suffered neck injuries after a portion of the ceiling collapsed on top of her
  • $1,175,000 settlement a woman was injured by jugs of juice which fell on her while she was shopping at a supermarket

Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy to receive a free legal consultation by calling 212-736-5300, or by filling out our online contact form. Serving Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Long Island and upstate New York.