Injury on Property

Every Erie and Niagara County property owner is responsible for making sure people on their property are kept safe.

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of premises liability claims filed in the Buffalo area every year. The leading cause of emergency room visits is people falling.  Falls most commonly happen to elderly people who are more likely to be injured.   That’s one reason why it’s so important to keep property safe for people.

When someone trips or falls as a result of the negligence of another person or corporation, they may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.

Types of Premises Injury cases

Slip and falls are just one kind of accident that can occur on someone else’s property. Other types of premises liability cases include:

Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pools owners must comply with all city, town and state laws regarding swimming pool safety.  For example, a property owner can be held liable if someone is injured or drowns because of a defective fence surrounding the pool.  At public pools, lifeguards must follow nationally accepted standards to keep swimmers safe.

Inadequate Security

If someone is injured by a person who is trespassing on the property, the property owner may be held liable if it can be proven that he did not take reasonable steps to protect people in the building.

Comparative Negligence

“Hey it’s Buffalo.  It snows here.”

That’s probably the thing we hear most when we bring claims against property owners in the winter.  Under New York’s comparative negligence law, however, there can be more than one person responsible for an accident.  This means an injured person can still recover even if she was partly to blame for the injuries.  Yes, in many cases the injured person could see the snow and ice on the property, but so could the owner – and it was the owner’s job to clean it up.