Premises Liability

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Landlord & Premises Liability New York Lawyer

Property owners and landlords have an obligation to keep their properties safe and secure. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the injuries and damages that people suffer because of their negligence. If you have suffered an injury or other damages because of landlord negligence or a property owner’s failure to keep property safe and secure, we can help you.

People from throughout New York City and Long Island have turned to us for help in premises liability cases. We protect your rights and ensure that you receive justice. We can put your mind at ease. We are dedicated to helping our clients so that we take the worry off your shoulders.

Premises liability and landlord negligence cases are usually one of four types:

We have helped New Yorkers receive millions of dollars in compensation due to landlord negligence and premises liability.

We have the resources and expertise to investigate these cases. We work with investigators with the special knowledge required to investigate inadequate security. We know the right engineers to consult on water leaks or stairway design issues. Bringing the right experts onto the case from the beginning enables us to prepare the case well and move the case as fast as possible while always striving to deliver the most money to our clients.

Among our more recent cases, we have helped:

  • A Bronx boy who was injured in a New York City Public School.
  • A Manhattan professional who tripped and fell on an uneven sidewalk.
  • A Bronx man who was injured when his apartment’s bathroom ceiling collapsed on him.
  • A Manhattan man and his girlfriend who were harassed by their landlord and received a $1 million settlement.
  • A Brooklyn woman injured by a collapsing kitchen cabinet.
  • A Bronx woman who injured her ankle when the floor collapsed due to a leak.
  • A visitor to a Manhattan hotel injured due to a broken pipe that flooded the bathroom.
  • A young Bronx woman who tripped over a broken step.
  • A Manhattan man assaulted in the lobby of his apartment.
  • A Brooklyn man bitten by a rat as he lay in bed.
  • A Manhattan woman who tripped over a hole in the lobby floor that the landlord hid with a carpet.
  • A Bronx woman who tripped and fell on construction debris.
  • A utility worker who was badly injured after being bit by squirrels as he attempted to read a meter in the Bronx.
  • A Manhattan man injured by over-aggressive bouncers.

We settle the majority of premises liability and landlord negligence cases before we even need to file a lawsuit.

If you or a loved one has been hurt due to a landlord’s negligence or a property owner’s failure to maintain or secure a property, you want an attorney with experience winning these cases. We can help you. Feel free to call us toll free at 1-800-660-1466 or email us at

Recent Cases

$1 Million Settlement for Emotional Distress Due to Harassment from a Manhattan Landlord

Our clients, a tenant organizer and his girlfriend, lived in an Upper West Side Manhattan building. The landlord hired men to monitor and harass our clients. They suffered from stress disorders because of the constant surveillance and verbal altercations that ensued. We took the case to trial, and during closing arguments, the defendants agreed to a settlement for a total of $1 million, $500,000 for each plaintiff.

Trial Verdict of $560,000 for Landlord Negligence in the Bronx

A Bronx landlord failed to fix a broken step in his apartment building despite complaints by tenants. A young girl tripped and fell on that step, fracturing her leg and foot. The landlord refused to make a responsible settlement offer, so we took this case to trial. The jury deliberated for one hour before returning a verdict holding the landlord responsible for the young woman’s injury and awarding her $560,000.

$425,000 Settlement for Woman Hurt by Collapsing Kitchen Cabinet in Brooklyn

In the winter of 2004, a couple living near Prospect Park complained on multiple occasions to their landlord of a ceiling leak in their kitchen. The leak arose from a combination of snow build-up on the roof and faulty design and maintenance of the building structure. The landlord ignored the couple’s complaints. During the next large snow storm, the leak returned and a kitchen cabinet collapsed on the woman fracturing her ankle so badly that it required surgery and left her with permanent damage. Attorney Carol Schlitt assembled extensive engineering and architectural evidence and a team of experts to prove the landlord’s liability as well as medical records and experts to document the plaintiff’s injuries. Due to the thoroughness of the investigation and the aggressive handling of the case, Ms. Schlitt negotiated a settlement. The landlord paid a settlement of $425,000.

A $350,000 Settlement in Bronx Stairway Trip and Fall Case

A Bronx woman walked down the stairs in her apartment building, she slipped, tripped and fell on some construction debris left on the stairs. The incident left the woman with a broken ankle that required surgery. The woman asked our firm to represent her in an effort to collect compensation for her injuries. We settled the case for $350,000. The settlement enabled the woman to relocate her family to Florida.

$200,000 Settlement for Trip and Fall on a Defective Bronx Stairway

A woman and her family complained multiple times to their landlord about the torn and damaged carpeting on the stairway leading to her apartment. Carol L. Schlitt, an experienced premises liability attorney, explains her approach to this case. “We have won many stairway trip and fall cases. We needed to show that the torn and damaged carpet created a hazard and that the landlord was aware of the dangerous conditions.” We investigated the case and negotiated with the landlord’s insurance company, delivering a $200,000 settlement to compensate our client for her injuries, which included a broken leg.

$70,000 Settlement for Ankle Injury Resulting from Poor Maintenance by Bronx Landlord

A woman repeatedly complained about a leak in her bathroom, yet the landlord refused to fix the problem. While cleaning her shower, the woman stepped from the tub and her foot fell through a water damaged floor that resulted from the landlord’s negligence. As a result of this accident, the woman tore a ligament in her ankle and required outpatient surgery. The defendants agreed to settle the case before going to trial for $70,000.

$40,000 Settlement for Utility Worker Injured Reading Meters in the Bronx

A Con Ed utility worker entered a property in the Bronx to read the electric meter. While walking down a set of outdoor steps, squirrels leaped out of a hole in the wall, knocking the man down. He fell to the bottom of the steps and tore his leg on the handrail, which had a jagged edge. The lacerations from the defective handrail caused a hematoma on his thigh that required debriding and the man missed a month of work. While Worker’s Compensation shielded his employer from paying additional damages, Ms. Schlitt pursued a case against the property owner on two counts: failing to rid the location of the squirrel infestation (the squirrels had built a nest in a hole in the wall) and failing to maintain the handrail. Ms. Schlitt assembled a team that included a civil engineer with expertise on stairway design and building codes and an exterminator with expertise on animal removal. Seeing the witness list and understanding the strength of the Ms. Schlitt’s case, the defense settled on the eve of trial paying $40,000.

Brooklyn Rat Bite Leads to $20,000 Settlement

Not every case has a large dollar value, but every case is important. This case began on a Sunday morning in April 2005 when a Brooklyn man lay in bed relishing some extra rest. His peace did not last as a rat scrambled into his bed and bit him on the nose. The man immediately sought care at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center’s Emergency Room where he received immediate medical treatment and referrals for follow up care. Attorney Schlitt worked with her client to document the complaints about vermin made to the building’s landlord and the failure of the landlord to address those complaints. Faced with a mountain of documentation and the promise of expert witnesses, the landlord settled the case before trial for $20,000.

Settlement for Bronx Man Injured in Collapsed Ceiling Landlord Negligence Case

After multiple complaints about a leak in his bathroom ceiling, a Bronx man was injured when the ceiling collapsed on him. The man retained Carol Schlitt, an experienced premises liability attorney, to recover compensation for the injuries he suffered. We held the landlord responsible for his negligence and delivered a settlement for our client.

Settlement for Bronx Boy Injured While Unsupervised at School

A third grader attending a Bronx public school broke his arm when him and several other students were left unsupervised for over 20 minutes. We filed a Notice of Claim with the City of New York and argued that the school was negligent in allowing the young children to remain unsupervised for such a long period of time. We negotiated with the City to settle the case, bringing justice to this young man and his family.

Landlord Negligence Case in Manhattan Apartment Lobby Settles

A Manhattan landlord covered a hole in a lobby floor with a carpet. When a tenant walked along the carpet, her foot got caught in the hole and she fell injuring her wrist. We investigated the incident to prove the landlord’s negligence. The insurance company resisted settling the case because the woman used alternative medical providers. Through research and due diligence, we overcame their objections and settled this premises liability case.

Truck Driver Hurt Due to Uncovered Drain Settles Cases

This incident occurred in the loading dock area of a large retail operation in Westchester, New York. There was a trench in the parking lot approximately one foot wide and several feet long. A metal grate normally covered this trench to protect pedestrians from injuring themselves. Part of the metal grate had broken off and vanished leaving a hole. Our client stepped into the trench and injured his ankle and leg. We investigated the case and negotiated a rapid settlement for the man.

Slip and Fall on a Bronx Stairway Settles

A mother went to pick her daughter up from a charter school in the Bronx. While walking down an interior stairway, she slipped on a small puddle of water, fell down several steps and injured her ankle. A trip to the emergency room at Lincoln Hospital revealed she suffered a fractured ankle (lateral malleolus). The woman asked our firm to represent her in an effort to collect compensation for her injuries. After conducting an investigation of her case and negotiating with the insurance company for the charter school, we reached a settlement in just over four months from the date the woman retained us.

Settlement for Soft Tissue Injuries Resulting from Fall on Stairs Caused by Uneven Steps

A 32 year-old woman attending an opera audition was directed to take a particular stairwell. While walking down those stairs, she fell on the third step from the bottom, as the steps were uneven and in poor condition. She tumbled the remaining three steps and crashed onto the landing. She hurt her wrists, back and legs and suffered soft tissue injuries. By working with an expert in stairway design, Attorney Carol L. Schlitt proved that the stairs were not compliant with New York City building code and posed a hazard. As the case neared trial, the defense settled for $19,000.