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Inadequate security and premises liability cases

Premises liability cases can involve a host of different things, one of which is inadequate security. Not many people realize that this issue is a common one in the premises liability realm and that it is a serious problem. Property owners are legally required to provide their guests with adequate security.

Can I file a premises liability claim against the government?

Premises liability can be a very difficult situation to figure out, even if it seems like the issue is cut and dry in the state of New York. There are quite a few different things that fall under this legal category, including slip-and-fall accidents, lack of repair, inadequate security, dangerous property conditions, hazardous conditions and much more. The question here is, can I file a premises liability claim against the government?

Ceiling collapses are often due to failure to maintain a property

When you rent an apartment or visit a business, you expect the building and individual units within it to be in reasonable repair. After all, the owner and property manager of the building are legally responsible to maintain safe premises.

Open or faulty cellar doors can be a source of premises liability

Cellars are not as popular as they once were. Most people no longer wish to access their cellar or basement via a door from the outside. Instead, people try to secure their home by allowing access to the basement or cellar through the interior of the home, not the exterior.

Building owners are legally required to maintain their sidewalks

If you don't own your home, you may not be aware that sidewalks are maintained not by the city, but by the people who own the property abutting them. If you suffer an injury due to broken, slanting, or otherwise poorly installed or maintained sidewalks, the city is not liable for your injuries. Instead, it is the property owner who may be held liable for any damages you incurred as a result of improperly maintained sidewalks. Sidewalk maintenance is critical to city safety and accessibility.

Escalator issues can cause premises liability

When people think of premises liability, they often don't think about escalators. Elevators are often featured in movies and television shows as failing, dropping or freezing with passengers inside. As a result, few people find the idea that elevators can cause serious liability issues for a company surprising.

Falling snow or ice could lead to premises liability

Living in a city with large buildings can be exhilarating and inspiring. It can also be particularly dangerous when temperatures swing widely between warm and cold. During the frigid winter months, snow and ice accumulate on buildings, their window ledges, eaves and awnings. When temperatures rise, that ice can loosen and suddenly break free, crashing down onto pedestrians, vehicles or another building. The damages caused by falling ice and snow can range from moderate property damages to severe personal injury or even death.

Proving fault in a slip and fall case

Slip and fall cases are some of the more challenging ones to fight because proving fault can be very difficult. Determining who is legally responsible is complicated because these types of accidents happen frequently and for countless reasons. Think about how many times you've missed a step, tripped walking up the stairs or slipped on ice. Did those accidents occur because you weren't being careful or paying close enough attention? Or was your slip and fall caused by a negligent property owner?

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