When most people think of New York City, they picture the bright lights of Times Square, the thriving nightlife scene, and the constant action we all associate with “the city that never sleeps.” Very few people would expect one of the world’s most vibrant metropolises to have issues with inadequate lighting. But in the Bronx and throughout all five boroughs, locals and tourists alike have gotten seriously injured in slip, trip, and fall accidents caused by inadequate or poor lighting.
Apartment buildings, parking lots and garages, hallways, lobbies, and various other indoor and outdoor spaces can all become the scene of a serious accident if there are problems with lighting. The owners of these properties have a legal obligation to keep the premises free of any hazard which could lead to a serious injury. Keeping spaces well-lit and making sure lighting systems are consistently maintained and repaired is part of this obligation.
How Poor Lighting Can Lead To Serious Accidents
There are several ways pedestrians can slip or trip and fall due to poor lighting, including:
- Slipping on a patch of ice in a poorly lit parking lot
- Tripping over a concrete barrier in a poorly lit parking lot
- Tripping and falling in a hallway due to obstructions which were not invisible
- Missing a step and falling down stairs
- Tripping outside of a poorly lit store exit
These are just a few examples of the most common accidents caused by poor lighting. Regardless of how your accident may have occurred, property owner negligence provides grounds for a lawsuit.
When Is A Property Owner Liable For Poor Lighting?
In order to have grounds for a lawsuit, you must prove that the property owner’s negligence directly contributed to the dangerous conditions which caused your injury. For example, if multiple bulbs had been burned out for several weeks before you fell, you’d likely have a strong case for a lawsuit since the property owner had adequate time to fix the inadequate lighting issue.
In any premises liability claim, you and your lawyer must prove three things:
- You were legally on the property (not trespassing).
- An unsafe condition occurred (such as inadequate lighting) and the owner knew or should have known about this condition but failed to fix it or provide an adequate warning.
- Your injuries were directly caused by the property owner’s negligence.
Determining negligence requires a detailed review by an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in premises liability personal injury cases. If sufficient evidence of negligence exists, you’ll have the option to take your case to court (or negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the property owner).
Filing A Slip And Fall Lawsuit For Inadequate Lighting
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by poor lighting in the Bronx or any other part of New York City, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. These lawsuits hold property owners liable for both economic and personal damages related to the victim’s injuries. For many victims of slip and fall accidents, a lawsuit is the only way to recover the financial support needed for damages like medical expenses, lost wages and lost earning potential, pain, suffering, and loss of quality of life.
Building a successful lawsuit for an inadequate lighting accident is a complicated process. You’ll need the assistance of an experienced premises liability lawyer who understands how to prove property owner negligence. The personal injury lawyers at Lipsig Bronx specialize in these cases. We have a track record of building strong cases, presenting them effectively, and securing settlements and verdicts which appropriately reflect the economic and personal costs of a serious slip and fall injury.
To find out if you might have a premises liability case against a negligent property owner, contact us today for a free consultation.