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Injuries can happen anywhere. For example, you can become injured while grocery shopping in your local supermarket, trying on clothes at your favorite department store, or walking down the steps of your friend’s house. If you have been injured on the property of another individual or establishment, you may be able to recover compensation under New York’s premises liability law. Read on to learn more.

Who is Responsible for a Premises Liability Accident?

In New York, property owners are responsible for keeping the properties safe for anyone who enters. This applies to guests, clients, and, in some cases, trespassers. If a property owner is aware of a hazard and does not fix it, he or she may be held responsible for any accidents that occur as a result.

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

When it comes to a premises liability claim, you will have to prove that either the property owner knew of the hazard that caused your injuries to occur, or that they reasonably should have known. An attorney can help you gather the evidence you need. But, there are some important steps to take at the scene of the injury:

  • Call 911- The police can send an ambulance to the scene and file an accident report.
  • Document the scene- Take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, document the hazardous conditions that caused your accident to occur.
  • Seek medical attention- Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are properly treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to take legal action, you should do so right away. This is because of a deadline known as the statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within three years will likely mean losing the opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s negligence, reach out to our firm today. We will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.