Parking Lot Falls in New York City

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Parking Lot Falls in New York City

Parking Lot Falls in New York CityWhen a property owner or construction crew fails to properly maintain a safe parking lot, innocent people get hurt. Parking lot falls in New York City injure countless people every year. If you were injured, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC is a personal injury law firm in New York City, NY, that has helped injured clients for over two decades. We want to help you get back on your feet after your accident.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a New York City premises liability lawyer. We are standing by to take your call.

How Can the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Help Me After My Parking Lot Fall in NYC? 

Falls are a leading cause of injury in the United States. Most result in minor injuries, but others cause serious and even fatal harm. If you were injured, you likely need help recovering compensation for your accident. Our New York City personal injury lawyers can help. 

The Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel provides elite legal representation to injury victims and their families in New York City, New York. We’ve dedicated more than twenty years to this task and have recovered millions for clients just like you. These feats have earned us induction into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers.”

When you retain our team, we can:

  • Investigate your case and preserve evidence
  • Identify liable parties
  • Calculate the full extent of your damages
  • Work with leading NYC experts to strengthen your case
  • Negotiate with the insurance companies and defense attorneys for a fair settlement
  • Fight for you at trial if necessary

Sometimes parking lot falls are caught on camera. Other times, you won’t be so lucky. Property owners may rush to fill potholes or repair conditions before we can get pictures. Time is of the essence, make sure to contact us quickly so we can take action. 

Our New York City personal injury attorneys are ready to provide your free consultation.

How Can I Prove My Parking Lot Fall Claim in New York City?

There are two main ways to pursue a parking lot injury claim. The first is with a negligence suit against a third-party. The second cause of action is called premises liability

Negligence means you were injured because someone failed to live up to their legal duty of reasonable care. In society, we generally all have an obligation to act with reasonable caution to avoid hurting others. You might have a negligence claim against a construction company or another person whose carelessness cause your fall.

The four elements of negligence are:

  • Defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care
  • Breach of the duty of reasonable care
  • Causation of an incident 
  • You sustained injuries 

Premises liability is closely related to negligence. However, under premises liability, there is less arguing over whether the defendant owed you a duty of care. Premises liability law imposes a duty of care on all property owners to keep their premises reasonably safe.

Under this framework, property owners are required to take reasonable steps to discover and repair hazardous conditions that exist on their property. Failing to do so constitutes a breach of their legal obligation to lawful entrants. 

An experienced attorney should examine your case and determine the best cause of action to bring.  

What Causes Parking Lot Falls in New York City?

Parking lot falls can be caused by a number of different conditions on the property. 

Some common hazards that cause parking lot and pedestrian accidents include:

  • Lack of handrails
  • Poor lighting
  • Lack of safety walls or railings
  • Potholes
  • Slip and fall due to snow and ice
  • Uneven pavement and cracks
  • Dangerous traffic patterns (mirrors on blind corners, signage)

Did you know that in New York City parking lot owners are required to remove snow and ice within four hours of the end of a storm? Violation of safety statutes like this one, and many others, can be strong evidence of negligence and help us make your case. 

Attorney Knispel will carefully examine whether any safety statute violations contributed to your injury. Do not let a property owner get away with having an unreasonably dangerous property. Contact us to hold them accountable. 

How Much is My Parking Lot Fall Case Worth?

Damages are different in every case depending on the severity of your injuries, their impact on your future earnings, and their effect on your quality of life.

Typically you are entitled to economic and non-economic damages related to your injuries. Economic damages serve to make you whole for past and future medical expenses and lost wages. Non-economic damages account for things like permanent limitations and emotional harm. 

In any case, damages should fully compensate you for all the losses you have sustained from the parking lot accident. 

What If A Property Owner is Trying to Blame Me for My Parking Lot Fall?

New York is a comparative fault jurisdiction. You can still recover damages if you are partially at fault for your accident. Damages are just reduced by the percentage fault allocated to you. 

How Long Do I Have to File A Parking Lot Fall Claim in New York? 

If you are injured in a city-owned or operated lot, rules of sovereign immunity apply. This means you cannot sue the city for a parking lot fall unless the City had received written notice of the dangerous condition and failed to act for 15 days. You also must file a notice of claim with the city within 90 days. On top of this, there is a one-year statute of limitation for claims against the city. 

If the parking lot was privately owned, regular statutes of limitation would apply. For a personal injury claim, the time limit is typically three years from the date of your accident.

Contact Our New York City Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Parking lot falls in New York City are a serious matter, and many people are injured every year in these accidents. Attorney Jay Knispel is committed to helping accident victims recover financially from their accident. Contact us right away for your free consultation. You don’t pay us a penny unless we win your case. 

 

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