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Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. These unexpected incidents can not only hurt your pride but also cause chronic pain and life-altering injuries. If you or someone you love has experienced a slip-and-fall accident, it’s crucial to understand your rights, as you may have grounds for a legal claim against a property owner to recover financial compensation for the damages you have endured. Please continue reading to learn the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in New York and why connecting with a dedicated Bronx Premises Liability Lawyer is in your best interest. 

What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in New York?

Despite taking the necessary precautions, you may become seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident if you come across a property that is insufficiently maintained. Property owners, whether commercial or privately owned, have a legal duty to maintain a safe environment. If they fail that duty and knew or should have reasonably known that a dangerous condition existed, they can be held legally responsible for hazardous conditions that lead to harm. The following include but are not limited to some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in New York:

  • Wet or uneven surfaces
  • Poor lighting
  • Defective sidewalks
  • Weather conditions (rain, snow, ice)
  • Potholes in parking lots or cracks in pavement
  • Broken or missing handrails
  • Improperly constructed staircase
  • A lack of employee training
  • Debris or cluttered walkways

How Long Do You Have to File a Premises Liability Claim?

In New York, a statute of limitations is a law that mandates the maximum amount of time in which parties have to initiate proceedings against another. The statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York is generally three years from the date of the accident. This means the claim must be filed within this period, but the case doesn’t have to be resolved within this time frame. If you fail to file your claim within the legally prescribed time limit, you will face the absolute bar of recovery. Essentially, you may be forever barred from seeking compensation for your injuries. When you miss the legal deadline, you relinquish your right to take legal action against another party.

As such, it’s in your best interest to retain the legal services of a seasoned Bronx premises liability lawyer as soon after your accident as possible to safeguard your legal right to compensation. At James Newman, P.C., we are prepared to help guide you through this complex legal process and fight for your rights. Contact our legal team today to learn how we can assist you.