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Building & Premises Liability in Queens

Queens Premises Liability Lawyer

If you are injured as a result of a defect in a building, store or other premises you may have a right to receive compensation for your injury. Many times a defect like a collapsed ceiling, or broken step, or protruding piece or metal will cause someone to be injured. Queens Renters have the right to expect their home, apartment or commercial space will be maintained at the level necessary to prevent injuries caused by hazards, unsafe design or insufficient security.

Many people are injured each year by slipping and/or tripping resulting in a fall in a building or premises. Quite often, the cause of the fall is a defect in the floor or stair causing the person to stumble. These cases come under the title of premises liability because the owner/operator of the premises is responsible to maintain the grounds in a safe and hazard free condition. A broken stair, damaged or cracked sidewalk, foreign substance on the floor, uneven floor surfaces, poorly marked changes in elevation, slippery surfaces (due to snow, water, ice) uneven elevators, and faulty escalators are all common examples of slip/trip and fall premises accidents in Queens. These accidents can occur in a variety of locations such as a street, sidewalk, office building, private home, apartment building, grocery store, and city owned locations.

Causes of Buildings Accidents

At Kerner Law Group, P.C., our attorneys and legal team have over 30 years experience in dealing with accidents arising from building related problems such as:

  • Ceiling Collapses
  • Stairway Falls
  • Building Defects
  • Elevator/Escalator Accidents
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Slip, Trip and Falls
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Questions About Premises Liability Claims
What is Premises Liability?

Property owners and their managing agents are responsible for keeping their property safe and warning tenants and visitors of any dangerous conditions. They are also responsible to properly maintain their premises by cleaning, inspecting and repairing any hazardous conditions. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any injuries that result because of an accident due to a dangerous condition.

If I fell in a store and hurt myself, will I be able to sue the store?

A grocery store has a duty to use reasonable and ordinary care to keep the store safe for its customers. The store, through its employees, has a responsibility to make reasonable inspections to discover dangerous conditions, such as spills, or broken tiles or even dangerous display cases and to make them safe. If there is a spill, the injured person would have to prove that the store had “notice” of the condition and had a chance to clean it up. However, if the spill was there on the floor for an unreasonably long time, then we may be able to show that the store had constructive notice of the dangerous condition and had enough time that the spill should’ve been taken care of.

If I sue my landlord can he kick me out of my apartment?

A tenant with a lease is protected from eviction during the lease period so long as the tenant does not violate any substantial provision of the lease or any local housing laws or codes. If you sue your landlord and have a lease, the landlord cannot kick you out.

Landlords are prohibited from harassing or retaliating against tenants who exercise their rights. For example, landlords may not seek to evict tenants solely because tenants (a) make good faith complaints to a government agency about violations of any health or safety laws; or (b) take good faith actions to protect rights under their lease; or (c) participate in tenant organizations. Tenants may collect damages from landlords who violate this law, which applies to all rentals except owner-occupied dwellings with fewer than four units. (Real Property Law §223-b)

What is the Landlord’s Duty of Repair?

Landlords of multiple dwellings must keep the apartments and the building’s public areas in “good repair” and clean and free of vermin, garbage or other offensive material. Landlords are required to maintain electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating and ventilating systems and appliances landlords install, such as refrigerators and stoves, in good and safe working order.

My child was diagnosed with lead paint poisoning. Can I sue my landlord?

Landlords must protect against the possibility that children will be poisoned by peeling of dangerous lead-based paint. Federal and local laws require that landlords of multiple dwellings built before 1960 (or between 1960 and 1978 where the landlord knows there is lead paint) must find out if a child under seven years old lives in an apartment, and inspect that apartment for lead paint hazards.

The landlord must keep records of all notices, inspections and repair of lead paint hazards, and other matters related to lead paint law. Landlords of such dwellings in New York City must also provide their tenants with a pamphlet prepared by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). 42 U.S.C.A § 4851; NYC Admin. Code § 27-2056.

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Why Choose Our Firm

Kerner Law Group, P.C. has a track record of representing clients who have been hurt due to negligence or preventable accidents. Having a comprehensive investigation of the accident scene immediately after it happens is crucial for identifying a long-term strategy for protecting you. Our  law firm can help you with many different aspects of your claim including:

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  • Reviewing your paperwork.
  • Filing the initial legal claim against the insurance company.
  • Helping you if you have been denied.
  • Assisting you with recovering full and fair compensation for the injuries you have sustained.

Hiring an attorney you trust with your case is about more than just finding a lawyer with experience. For aggressive and caring representation, put Kerner Law Group, P.C. on your side today!

About Queens

About Things To Do in Queens

About Queens NY

Queens is located in Queens County, New York. 

  • Population (approx.): 2,273,000
  • Geo-coordinates: 40.7282°N, 73.7949°W
  • Postcodes: 11005, 11357, 11429

Things to Do and See In Queens

  • Utopia Parkway (Queens) (near Utopia Parkway and 74th Avenue): A major street in the New York City borough of Queens. Starting that  connects Cross Island Parkway and Northern Boulevard in the north to Union Turnpike, Grand Central Parkway and Hillside.
  • Carnesecca Arena (near Union Turnpike and 174th Street): A 5,602-seat multi-purpose arena in the borough of QueensBuilt in 1961 and renamed in honor of Hall of Fame Coach Lou Carnesecca on November 23, 2004.
  • Belson Stadium (near Union Turnpike and 176th Street): A soccer-specific stadium located along Utopia Parkway in Jamaica, Queens.  The Stadium is built on top of a parking garage to save space in a crowded urban environment.
  • Jack Kaiser Stadium (near Utopia Parkway and 80th Drive): A baseball stadium located on the campus St. John’s University near the neighborhoods of Jamaica and Fresh Meadows. Formerly used by the now-defunct Queens Kings minor league team in its inaugural season.
  • St. John’s University (New York City) (near 170th Street and 81st Avenue): A private, Roman Catholic, coeducational university founded by the Congregation of the Mission in 1870.
  • Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp (near Union Turnpike and 183rd Street): Based out of the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Queens. 
  • Fresh Meadows, Queens (near 192nd Street and 73rd Avenue): A residential neighborhood in the northeastern section of Queens. 
  • Robert F. Kennedy Community High School (near Parsons Boulevard and 76th Avenue): A community public high school, residing in District 25 of the neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, NY. 
  • Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race (near Chapin Parkway and Chapin Court): The world’s longest certified footrace. In 1996 Sri Chinmoy created this event as a 2,700-mile race. At the award ceremony that year he declared that the 1997 edition would be extended to 3,100 miles.
  • Pomonok, Queens (near Jewel Avenue and Parsons Boulevard): A working-class neighborhood in the borough of Queens. This large public housing development Pomonok Houses in South Flushing was built in 1949 on the former site of Pomonok Country Club.
  • Jamaica Hills, Queens (near Chapin Parkway and Gothic Drive): A small middle-class neighborhood in the borough of Queens. The neighborhood is surrounded by the Grand Central Parkway (north), Jamaica Estates (east), Jamaica (south), and Briarwood (west). 
Airports Rail and Roads in Queens

Airports

  • La Guardia Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • Idlewild Airport

Light Rail Stations

  • Syosset which is on Jackson Avenue, Syosset.
  • Jamaica Station (AirTrain) which is on 93-43 Sutphin Boulevard, New York.
  • Federal Circle Station 
  • Terminal 7 which is on Terminal 7, Queens.
  • Terminal 1 
  • Lefferts Blvd Station 
  • Howard Beach Station 
  • JFK Terminal 8 
  • JFK Terminal 4 
  • JFK Terminal 2 

Roads

  • Queens Boulevard
  • Kissena Boulevard
  • Main Street (Queens)
  • Interstate 495 (New York)
  • Interstate 678
  • 34th Street (Manhattan)
  • New York State Route 25
  • Greenpoint and Roosevelt Avenues
  • Northern State Parkway
  • Belt Parkway
  • Interstate 278
  • New York State Route 878
  • Flushing Avenue
  • Flatbush Avenue
  • New York State Route 439
  • Sutphin Boulevard station (IND Queens Boulevard Line)
  • Conduit Avenue
  • Ditmars Boulevard
  • New York State Route 25A
  • New York State Route 25B
  • Southern State Parkway
  • Cross Island Parkway
  • Jamaica Avenue
  • Grand Central Parkway
  • New York State Route 24
  • New York State Route 27
  • Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards
  • Interstate 295 (New York)
Museum and Parks in Queens

Museums

  • The Frick Collection which is on 1 East 70th Street, New York.
  • Liberty Science Center which is on 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which is on 36 Battery Place, New York.
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum which is on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City.
  • Queens County Farm Museum which is on 73-50 Little Neck Parkway.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square which is on 234 West 42nd Street, New York.
  • The Paley Center For Media which is on 25 West 52nd Street, New York.
  • Brooklyn Historical Society which is on 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn.
  • 107th Infantry which is on 643 Park Avenue, New York.

Parks

  • Condor Hotel – Williamsburg, Brooklyn which is on 56 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn.
  • Prospect Park which is on Brooklyn.
  • Battery Park which is on New York.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park which is on 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn.
  • Central Park which is on New York.
  • Washington Square Park which is on New York.
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park which is on Queens.
  • Madison Square Park which is on 11 Madison Avenue, New York.
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden which is on 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn.
Nearby Towns to Queens

Nearby Towns and Suburbs

  • Fresh Meadows is to the north.
  • Hillside is 1 mile to the south.
  • Kew Gardens Hills is 1 mile to the west.
  • Briarwood is 1 mile to the south-west.
  • Hollis is 1 mile to the south-east.
  • Kew Gardens is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • Bellaire is 2 miles to the south-east.
  • Jamaica is 2 miles to the south.
  • Richmond Hill is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • Queens Village is 2 miles to the east.
  • Bayside is 2 miles to the north.
  • Forest Hills is 3 miles to the west.
  • Rego Park is 3 miles to the west.
  • Corona is 3 miles to the west.
  • Douglaston is 3 miles to the north-east.
  • Cambria Heights is 3 miles to the south-east.
  • Little Neck is 4 miles to the north-east.
  • Woodhaven is 4 miles to the south-west.
Driving Directions To Kerner Law Group, P.C.

Queens New York, USA

Get on I-495 W from Utopia Pkwy and Horace Harding Expy
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Continue on I-495 W. Take Grand Central Pkwy, I-278 E and I-87 N to W 230th St in Bronx. Take exit 10 from I-87 N
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