About four years ago, an employee who worked at an assisted-living facility tripped and fell on a ramp that was located outdoors, as reported by the New York Law Journal in an April 15, 2013 news article. He sued the owner of the facility to recover for his injuries, which required “minor treatment,” claiming that the “ramp was too steep, and it lacked handrails.” The injured employee obtained an expert who stated that the ramp violated several building codes.

The owner of the facility claimed that it was not responsible for keeping the ramp safe because it “was an out of possession landlord.”  Moreover, the owner claimed that the facility’s operator was the one who “had purchased and installed the ramp,” and that it was not aware of this. In addition, the owner claimed that it was the operator of the facility who alleged that the ramp was reasonably safe.

The employee claimed that this accident affects his ability to work and he wanted to recover for medical expenses, lost earnings, and for pain and suffering both in the past and in the future. On the other hand, the owner of the facility claimed that the employee was okay and that he is able to work. The court held that the owner of the property was responsible for the accident and it awarded the injured employee about close to $2 million.

We at Jayson Lutzky, P.C. can provide you with the information you need if you have been injured, and how this will affect an accident claim. If you have been injured due to someone else’s behavior and you are in need of legal advice, then please feel free to call us at 1-800-660-5299 for a free initial in office consultation or visit our website at www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com.