Personal Injury Lawyer for NYU Students Injured on Campus
If you are a student at New York University, the last thing you expect is to suffer a serious injury while you are on campus. However, there are a number of scenarios that could lead a person to become injured while on campus. For example, if a student is the victim of a violent crime, the university could be held liable if they could have done more to prevent the crime. If you or a family member was seriously injured while on the NYU campus, you should contact an experienced NYC personal injury lawyer.
Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP is here to help you pursue a claim against NYU for injuries that were sustained on their campus. You do not have to bear the burden of handling your case alone, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP at (718) 843-0300, or contact us online.
Determining Liability for an Injury on NYU Campus
Every property owner has a duty to ensure their property is safe for visitors and others invited onto the property. In the case of a sprawling school like New York University, it is necessary to have various safeguards to keep students and others safe. For example, failing to quickly clean up a spill at the school’s food court could result in a serious slip and fall accident for a student.
There are multiple elements that must be proven if a student or other party wants to hold NYU liable for an accident that caused them a severe injury. The following is a list of elements that must be proven to prevail in a premises liability claim.
Whether the Accident Occurred on Property Owned by NYU
As much of NYU’s campus is integrated with the city, it is important to understand whether your injury occurred on school property or property owned by another entity. For example, if you were visiting a retail store that was located on the campus when you were injured, the owner of this store may be liable for your injuries. Our firm can help you determine whether you were injured on the NYU campus.
Whether the Victim was Permitted on the NYU Campus
After determining who owned the property where you were injured, it is necessary to examine your status when you were injured. Deciding whether the plaintiff was permitted on a property owner’s land is an important part of determining liability for an accident. However, if you were a student at NYU when the accident occurred, it will be easy to assert your status as a person that was invited onto the property as you must attend classes and perform other school-related activities. Under certain circumstances, a property owner can even be liable for injuries to a trespasser.
Whether NYU had a Duty to Correct the Hazardous Condition
Next, you must show how NYU’s negligence regarding a hazardous property condition led to your injury. As mentioned, many premises liability cases stem from a slip and fall accident that could have been avoided if the property owner adequately maintained their property. Other dangerous circumstances that could lead to a premises liability lawsuit include:
- Poorly lit areas of campus
- Lack of campus security or surveillance cameras to deter crime
- Unplowed snow and ice
- Unstable stairwells and walkways with potholes or other debris
- Defective elevators or escalators
- Exposing students to dangerous chemicals or materials like asbestos
- Inadequate safety precautions for dealing with fires
- Attacks by dogs or other animals permitted on the property
As a property owner, NYU has a duty to correct any hazardous conditions on their property. For example, if a student was the victim of an assault in an area of the campus that is not secure, NYU may be liable for failing to make the school safe for students.
If the issue cannot be corrected quickly, the school at least has a duty to warn students and others of a dangerous condition. This can be accomplished by putting up signs or informing students with emails or other means of communication. Every student should have information about a violent crime that occurred on campus or an area of the campus that may be unsafe for other reasons.
If you need assistance filing your claim for injuries for against NYU, you should move quickly. You only have a limited amount of time to file your injury claim.
Our NYC Premises Liability Attorneys are Ready to Work with You
If you or a family member was in a serious accident at the NYU campus, you should consult with an experienced NYC premises liability attorney today. The devoted attorneys at Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP possess decades of combined legal experience, and we are prepared to use that experience to represent you. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP at (718) 843-0300.