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Queens Premises Liability LawyerWere you or a loved one injured while visiting someone else’s property in Queens, NY? A negligent property owner may owe you compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering. An experienced Queens premises liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. 

Our lawyers have over 25 years of experience handling insurance claims and personal injury cases. We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for accident victims over the years–and we’re prepared to fight for you.

Our lawyers are always available to take your call. Contact our law firm in Queens, New York at (212) 564 2800 to schedule your free consultation.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Premises Liability Claim in Queens

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Can Help With a Premises Liability Claim in QueensPremises liability cases are almost always complicated. Insurance companies don’t like to pay fair settlements to victims hurt because of negligent property maintenance. They’re counting on the fact that you don’t have much legal experience.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, our Queens personal injury lawyers are passionate about helping injured clients fight back. Our law firm has earned an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. We’ve also earned some of the largest verdicts and settlements in New York.

When you trust us to protect your best interests, our team will:

  • Analyze accident reports, video surveillance footage, witness statements, and other evidence to prove your case
  • Identify all responsible parties
  • Bring in experts who can help us understand the impact of your injuries
  • Calculate the value of your personal injury case
  • Negotiate to maximize your settlement award

Our lawyers are veterans of the negotiating table and the courtroom. Insurance companies don’t like to see us coming. It means they’ll be forced to play fair and negotiate in good faith–because they know we won’t accept less than you deserve.

Ready to learn more? Call for a free consultation with a Queens personal injury attorney today.

What is My Queens Premises Liability Case Worth?

The value of your personal injury claim depends on the unique facts of your case. Examples of relevant factors include:

  • The type of injury
  • The cost of your medical treatment
  • Whether you can work during your recovery
  • How the injury will impact your future work and lifestyle
  • Whether liability has been clearly established

Insurance companies might use several different tactics to minimize your settlement. Our lawyers can help prevent those tactics from working.

What Types of Damages Are Available to Victims in Premises Liability Cases?

Compensatory damages in New York cover both financial and non-monetary losses.

Your economic damages represent your out-of-pocket expenses, including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Diminished future earning capacity
  • Physical therapy
  • Property damage

Your non-economic damages are often called “pain and suffering damages”. They might include:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Disfigurement
  • Scarring 
  • Loss of consortium

If you were hurt on someone else’s property, you may deserve more than you think. Our Queens premises liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC can help you maximize your settlement or verdict.

Ready to learn more? Call and schedule a free case review today.

Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Accident in New York?

Most people don’t like admitting when they’re wrong. Often, negligent parties try to pin the blame on the victim to avoid taking responsibility for their own actions. If successful, your damages award can be reduced under New York’s pure contributory negligence rules.

Don’t panic. You won’t lose your right to compensation even if you do share some fault. Instead, you can recover a proportionate share of your award. 

Our lawyers are here to help you walk away with the most money possible. If you were hurt, call to learn more about how New York shared fault rules might impact your case.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries

An unexpected injury can have serious consequences–both now and in the future. Our lawyers often represent clients who have suffered:

It can be tough to get back on your feet again after an injury. However, you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action. 

You don’t have to wait until you’ve fully healed to get legal advice. Our lawyers can get started today. Just give us a quick call to learn more.

We Handle All Types of Premises Liability Claims in Queens, New York

People often think premises liability laws only apply to slip and fall accidents. Under New York law, you could have a valid premises liability claim anytime you’re hurt on someone else’s property.

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we handle all types of premises liability claims in New York City, including:

NYC property owners are responsible for maintaining both the interior and exterior of their property. If you were hurt because of dangerous conditions in a parking lot, parking garage, or walkway, you may have a valid premises liability claim. Restaurants, stores, hotels, and even sports complexes can all be held liable for damages.

How Do I Establish Premises Liability in New York? 

New York property owners have a duty to maintain their property. Negligent owners can be held liable when invited guests or customers are hurt because of dangerous property conditions.

Some examples of dangerous property conditions include:

  • Accumulated ice and snow
  • Potholes and crumbling concrete
  • Loose carpeting or mats
  • Inadequate lighting 
  • Broken staircases 
  • Missing guardrails
  • Slick floors

Someone’s property can also be unsafe because of a failure to provide adequate security. If you were injured because of criminal activity on the premises, the owner may be liable for negligent security.

The definition of “adequate security” varies from case to case. It depends on whether there is a history of criminal activity in the neighborhood and the type of business involved. Business owners in high-crime neighborhoods are required to take stronger security precautions than others. If the type of business makes crime more likely, the owner may also be required to provide more security.

Depending on the facts, adequate security could include:

  • Installing fences or gates
  • Hiring security guards
  • Ensuring that employees are properly trained and screened
  • Installing cameras
  • Making sure doors and gates are locked

Premises liability cases are almost always based on negligence. To recover damages, you’ll have to identify the owner’s duty of care and prove that a breach of duty caused your injuries.

What is a Property Owner’s “Duty of Care”?

A property owner’s duty of care depends on why you were visiting the property. Business owners owe customers and guests a heightened duty of care. 

If you’re classified as a “business invitee,” the property owner must:

  • Fix any known hazards on the property
  • Provide adequate warning if the danger can’t be fixed quickly
  • Conduct regular property inspections to locate any hidden dangers

Business owners can be liable for any dangerous conditions they knew about, if they failed to warn you. They can also be liable for dangers that they reasonably should have known about.

Property owners owe similar duties to social guests, who are classified as licensees. However, they aren’t obligated to inspect the property to locate hidden dangers.

Trespassers and the Attractive Nuisance Doctrine

If you enter the property without the owner’s consent, you’re classified as a trespasser. Property owners don’t owe a duty of care to most trespassers. 

There is an exception for attractive nuisances on the property. An attractive nuisance is a property condition that attracts children and creates a risk of injury. Owners have a duty to protect trespassing children from the danger created by an attractive nuisance–such as a swimming pool.

How Long Do I Have to File a Premises Liability Lawsuit in New York?

Premises liability is a type of personal injury law. In New York, the statute of limitations gives accident victims three years to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once the three-year anniversary of your accident passes, you lose your right to seek compensation.

Contact a Queens Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation

At the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC, we’re here to provide trusted legal advice when you need it the most. Call to speak with a Queens premises liability lawyer today to learn more about your legal rights after an accident. Your initial consultation is free, so you don’t have to worry about any up-front costs.