Have you been injured on a property due to hazardous conditions, ice or snow, or poor maintenance?
Commercial property owners as well as homeowners have an obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure their property is reasonably safe for visitors and patrons. Although occupiers are not expected to maintain their properties to a standard of perfection, there is a positive duty on occupiers to take reasonable action. What is reasonable will depend on the particular circumstances of each case and commercial property owners may be expected to meet a higher standard of care depending on the nature of their property. Our legal team has extensive experience dealing with these types of cases and can evaluate inspection protocols, maintenance records and staff training procedures to determine if an owner or occupier has been negligent.
These cases can become additionally complex if the owner has hired an independent contractor to maintain or repair the property. Again, we have the experience and knowledge to identify any third parties that may be responsible for your injuries and evaluate whether they were competent and/or qualified to take the necessary steps to keep the property safe.
If you are injured on a property due to hazardous conditions, here are some important steps to follow:
- Report the incident to the owner or property management and create an incident report;
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses;
- Preserve footwear;
- Take photographs of the exact location and conditions that contributed to the fall; and
- Contact Avanessy Giordano LLP to schedule an initial consultation.