Poor lighting can render a building entrance, stairway, and even a parking lot a dangerous place to be. Darkness hides unsafe conditions on a property which can lead to tragic slip and fall accidents. What’s more, criminals often use unlit areas to hide as they await their victims.
Our team of experienced lawyers at Dansker&Aspromonte have represented many clients who have been injured in assaults and accidents as a result of inadequate lighting. With 35 years of experience, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars’ compensation throughout New York.
It is up to property owners throughout New York and Long Island to ensure they provide a safe environment for people who visit their premises. It is the owner’s duty to perform regular inspections and undertake repairs and maintenance or, at least, warn others about unsafe conditions like poor lighting.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a fall that was the result of inadequate lighting on another person’s property, you may be able to claim for your injuries and suffering. Our personal injury lawyers will carefully evaluate the facts and help you seek claims for damages. We will also establish who is liable for your accident – the property’s owner or another party.
Inadequate Lighting Due to Owner Negligence
New York property owners are required to maintain their properties and ensure a reasonably safe condition for anyone on the property. Unfortunately, lighting is often overlooked in the following areas:
- Elevator waiting areas
- Parking lots
- Cash machines
- Exits and entrances
How Inadequate Lighting Can Lead to Falls
Inadequate lighting can lead to accidents. Trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall incidents that result in death or injuries commonly occur in the above mentioned areas, as well as hallways. Inadequate lighting makes it hard to see where you are walking and any obstacles in your way, changes in the pavement or even uneven stairway steps can be missed, leading to an accident.
In a parking lot, poor lighting can cause you to trip over uneven concrete or on a broken pavement or even slip on ice. Poor lighting in hallways could result in you tripping over obstacles on the ground, missing a step, or falling down a flight of stairs.
Poor Lighting and Common Injuries
The most common accidents caused by inadequate lighting are slips and trips. In fact, the World Health Organization states that falls are the second leading cause of death in the world. Poor lighting can lead to the following types of injuries:
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Facial injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Hip fractures
- Broken bones
- Strains and sprains
While falls may be the most common type of injury caused by inadequate lighting, there are other kinds of injuries and accidents that can result from unlit or badly lit properties, including falling over or walking into a variety of objects.
Whose Fault Is It?
If you have had an accident due to inadequate lighting and negligence, and if the accident took place on another person’s property, the owner of the property could be liable for your incident. In some scenarios, a tenant who is leasing or renting the property or even another party other than the property owner could be negligent and responsible for your injuries.
If you have an inadequate lighting liability claim, we will help you show that:
- You were lawfully on the premises or the owner knew that you were there
- Inadequate lighting and therefore unsafe conditions existed and the owner either knew or should have been aware of the conditions and failed to provide appropriate warning or make it right
- Your injuries were a result of the owner’s negligence
Reasonably Safe Conditions
Both commercial and private property owners, and even government entities, have a responsibility to ensure reasonably safe conditions on their property. If your injuries have been caused by a negligence party’s inability to maintain proper lighting conditions, that party could be held accountable.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you, or someone you know, have been hurt in an assault or slip and fall accident that was the result of poor lighting on another person’s premises, our attorneys can help you pursue your options. If you have been injured on a municipal property or in public housing, owned by the City of New York, we can help you file a notice of claim within the required 90 days.
Our firm serves the areas of Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the NYC Metro.
- We have a 95% trial success rate
- We will not charge you until we win or settle
- We have over 35 years of experience
Contact us either online or at 800-510-9695 to book your consultation today with one of our inadequate lighting accident attorneys.