Property owners nationwide, including in New York, must provide reasonable safety to those who visit their premises. If anybody suffers an injury due to the negligence of the landlord or his or her tenant, a premises liability lawsuit may follow. After miraculously surviving a multi-story fall from a parking garage, a woman in another state is seeking over $1 million in damages.
According to court documents, the plaintiff was driving on the seventh floor of the parking garage when -- for unknown reasons -- she drove off the side of the building. The cables that were supposed to prevent a vehicle going over the edge broke, and her car struck the building on the opposite side of the road before landing in an alley below. It is further alleged that building inspectors identified numerous damaged cables in the parking garage.
The complaint states that a similar incident occurred last September, and the plaintiff claims the property owner failed to upgrade the barrier system after that incident. The plaintiff seeks recovery of damages related to the injuries she suffered. These include fractures to her back, sternum, ribs, elbow and ankle.
New York victims of injuries suffered on the properties of negligent landlords can take similar action. Financial relief can be pursued to cover financial losses related to medical expenses, lost income and property damages along with emotional harm suffered such as pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, and more. However, in some cases, establishing negligence can be challenging, and many people choose to utilize the skills of an experienced premises liability attorney to handle the proceedings for them.
Source: Houston Chronicle, "Lawsuit filed after Texas woman's car falls from seven-story parking structure", William Axford, Aug. 23, 2017