People in New York leave their homes almost every day. Once they leave their homes, they most likely walk or travel on both private and public property. When on these other properties they expect that they will be safe and that the owners of the various properties will fix damage or at least warn people of potential dangers. Unfortunately this does not always happen though and people suffer injuries on both public and private property.
These people can even suffer significant injuries as a result and incur costly medical bills in order to recover from them. However, people who are injured on other property may be entitled to compensation for their injuries through premises liability lawsuits. Who they file the lawsuit against depends on where they are hurt and there are different factors that must be met depending on whether the injury occurred on public or private property.
It is important to know the rules for both types of property. If the injury occurred on public property, the victim needs to demonstrate more than just that there was a dangerous condition on a sidewalk or in a park. They need to also demonstrate that the public entity knew about the dangerous condition prior to the accident and injury. The notice to the public entity must be in writing as well. If there is no written notice then the public entity cannot be held liable. Another difference is that a claim against the public entity must be made within 90 days of the accident.
People enter onto public property often and it is inevitable that from time to time there will be defects on that property. People can be injured on these defects as well and sometimes these injuries can completely change people’s lives. The victims may be entitled to compensation from the city, but certain requirements must be met first. These can be very complicated cases and consulting with an experienced attorney could be helpful.