Were you injured on someone else’s property due to a safety hazard? If so, you may wonder whether you qualify for financial compensation. A key part of winning a premises liability of any kind is proving the property owner either knew, or should have reasonably known, that a safety hazard existed and failed to remedy the issue on time. Please continue reading and reach out to a New York City personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about the steps you can take to prove a property owner was aware of a safety hazard.
Steps to Take to Prove a Property Owner Was Aware of a Safety Hazard
You and your attorney can take the following steps to help determine if a property owner was aware of the safety hazard that ultimately led to your injury:
- Check for signs of repair or maintenance. If the property owner tried to fix the problem or hired someone to do it, this may indicate that they were aware of the hazard. For example, if you slipped and fell on a wet floor, look for signs of mopping, drying, or warning signs. If you tripped and fell on a broken stair, look for signs of patching, painting, or replacing. You can also ask the property owner or their employees if they have any records of repair or maintenance work done on the property.
- Look for signs of previous accidents or complaints. If the property owner received reports of similar incidents or injuries on their property, this may indicate that they were aware of the hazard. For instance, if you were injured because of a property defect that was previously reported or caused injury in the past, this may serve as valuable evidence.
- Try to determine if common sense could have prevented your accident. If the property owner should have known about the hazard by using ordinary care and attention, this may indicate that they were aware of the hazard.
The bottom line is that ultimately, if you believe you were injured due to another party’s negligence, and that they were aware of the safety hazard but failed to remedy it timely, you must retain the services of a seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer who can effectively help you satisfy the burden of proof in your injury claim.
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