Whenever you visit another person’s property, you should always be acutely aware of your surroundings, especially if it is not a property that you visit often. A stairway with no handrail could cause you to slip and fall, or a low-hanging ceiling could cause you to strike your head and suffer a brain injury. Paying an appropriate level of attention could help you avoid a serious injury. However, sometimes property conditions you were not expecting might slip past your notice and injure you anyway, and the property owner might be liable.
Every property owner owes a duty of care to a person that is invited on his or her property. This means that a property owner is responsible for ensuring to the best of his or her ability that you are not injured due to a dangerous property condition that he or she could have fixed or warned you about. Going back to the example of a low-hanging ceiling; if the property owner cannot raise the height of the ceiling, and he or she knows or suspects that you might strike your head on the ceiling, then he or she should warn you of the potential danger.
Of course, you have a personal responsibility to exercise reasonable caution as well. This means that you cannot actively jump into the low-hanging ceiling with the intention of injuring yourself and claim that the property owner did not notify you of the dangers. If you are accidentally injured by a property condition that the owner knew or should have known about, and if you were exercising a reasonable amount of caution, then you could recover compensation.
New York City is filled with dangerous property conditions, from centuries-old buildings to abundant construction sites, so most residents are well aware of how careful they have to be. Unfortunately, sometimes you just cannot predict when or where an injury will strike. If you have suffered an injury on someone else’s property, and you feel that the injury was the result of negligence on the part of the property owner, please visit our webpage. We could help you recover compensation that may be vital to your recovery.