When stepping onto someone else's property in New York or elsewhere, whether for shopping, working or another purpose, one would expect it to be free of hazards that could cause personal injury. However, judging by the many premises liability lawsuits that are filed every year, not all property owners take proper care. A painter in a neighboring state recently filed such a claim against five individuals and entities deemed responsible.
According to court documents, a man who was hired to paint the exterior of a restaurant claims the property owner failed to keep the premises reasonably safe. The plaintiff alleges that an employee of the establishment opened an awning without warning, knocking him off the ladder on which he was working. He claims to have suffered multiple injuries as he fell to the ground.
The complaint shows the plaintiff's leg fractured in multiple places, which required surgery and the installation of hardware. Furthermore, it caused scarring, deformity, impairments, dysfunction, pain and trauma. Also, injuries to his spine, back, and other body parts caused pain and movement restrictions, along with psychological trauma.
The plaintiff seeks damages of more than $50,000 along with costs, interests, punitive damages and more. Anyone in New York who is suffering the consequences of a property owner's failure to take reasonable care might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system of the state. An experienced premises liability attorney can determine the viability of such a lawsuit and provide the necessary guidance and support throughout ensuing legal proceedings.